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Entries Tagged as 'Joe Ganim'

Watchdog Group Ramps Up Citizen Participation For City Council Meeting

July 29th, 2016 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: council agenda. The last time the full City Council met the day after July 4, it was fireworks. Angry residents jammed the council chambers (see video) to vent about their July 1 tax bills. It had been a long time since residents came out in force to air out their lungs. Was it a […]

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Cooling Centers Announced

July 28th, 2016 · No Comments · News and Events

From City Communications Director Av Harris: The Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center today is issuing an air quality control alert for the city of Bridgeport through 11:00 p.m. tonight due to hot and humid conditions, and excessive levels of ozone. Bridgeport residents and members of the public are encouraged to stay cool and hydrated during the […]

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Mario: It’s Like The Old Times Back In The ’90s

July 27th, 2016 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events

Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa loves to wax about the good ol’ days. For Mario it’s back to the future with his pal Joe Ganim. Both are delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joe was a Democratic shooting star and Mario a high-profile town chair back in the day. Now the band’s back together, […]

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Stallworth Takes Unpaid Leave In Primary Brawl Against Pereira

July 27th, 2016 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

You know there’s a battle when an incumbent state representative takes a two-week unpaid leave from his six-figure city government job to hold on to his paid elected position. That’s what mayoral appointee Charlie Stallworth has done to fend off the self-styled piranha of city politics Maria Pereira, a member of the Board of Education, […]

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Mayor Selects Annette Negron To Fill School Board Vacancy, Will It Be Challenged?

July 27th, 2016 · 46 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Update: Board of Education member Maria Pereira had raised questions in the comments section about back taxes on a Jane Street property owned by Annette Negron. Negron told OIB on Wednesday that she had paid off the back taxes that had been sold to a tax lien company prior to her joining the school board. She […]

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What, A Republican In The East End? Ganim Juggles Shaban Friendship, Walks Himes’ Tightrope

July 25th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A Republican was spotted in the East End over the weekend. When it comes to the African American-rich Democratic neighborhood in the state’s largest city where Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim ran up large pluralities last year, Republican political players have gone the way of the 8-track player. GOP congressional candidate John Shaban, a friend of […]

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Crime Stats Down (Fingers Crossed)

July 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Trotting out crime stats is always a leap of faith. One bad day or week and there goes the good news. The key is to temper the crime stat enthusiasm when an uptick occurs, something former Mayor Bill Finch had difficulty doing last summer. And his chief Democratic primary opponent Ganim was all over it.

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Trying To Craft A Road Map, Ganim Orders Strategic Planning For Staff

July 22nd, 2016 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

If you’re wondering why City Hall has been quiet the past few days, many key administrative staffers are at the University of Bridgeport for a strategic planning session. Like a lot of new administrations, although Joe Ganim had been there before, the first year in office can sometimes appear rudderless especially without crafting a road […]

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