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Who’ll Get Behind Wheel Of Ayala’s Seat? The City’s Political Fast Lane

December 23rd, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

Now in the driver’s seat, Andres Ayala shouldn’t have to worry about his voting address anymore. On January 7, the state senator is scheduled to become commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. A special election will be scheduled to fill his vacancy. Could this be a free-for-all?

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Finch And Harp, Who Has Mayoral Juice In Hartford?

March 21st, 2014 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

The other day Mayor Bill Finch urged the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee to free up more state aid to help keep down local property taxes, an annual cry from big-city mayors lamenting small development footprints and a multitude of tax-exempt properties that minimize revenues in their cities. This is an election year for Democratic Governor […]

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Law Enforcement Leaders Launch Effort To Attack Gang Violence

November 27th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Eric Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement official, joined Governor Dannel Malloy and a coalition of service providers today to announce the year-long planning effort “Project Longevity,” a strategy to curtail gang violence in Connecticut cities. The program was launched in New Haven and will carry on in Bridgeport and Hartford. Bridgeport Police Chief […]

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Never Have That Recipe Again? Charter Revision Chair Cathy Simpson Finds Her MacArthur Park

November 11th, 2012 · 39 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

Cathy Simpson chaired the Charter Revision Commission that conducted numerous working sessions over several months en route to crafting a ballot question that city voters rejected on Tuesday following contentious debate to decide the selection of school board members. She shares her observations about the process and result below:

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“Focused Deterrence” To Target Gun Violence–Mayor In DC To Address Need For Airport Safety

June 21st, 2012 · 9 Comments · News and Events

Governor Dannel Malloy today was joined by federal, state and local officials to announce a program to curb gun violence in Connecticut cities. Mayor Bill Finch could not attend the meeting with Malloy. He was in Washington meeting with transportation officials about safety measures at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. The airport is owned by the city, […]

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The Day Mario Testa Blew Up The Party Convention

May 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

Kooky things can happen at political conventions. Republicans will gather Friday at the Hartford Convention Center to endorse candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It appears Linda McMahon will come out with the endorsement for U.S. Senate and  former Congressman Chris Shays, a Bridgeport resident, will wage a primary. Democratic Town Chair Mario […]

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Mayor Outlines Legislative Priorities

February 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment · City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Mayor Finch: Brownfield remediation, bonding programs for minority contractors, and red light cameras are three of the major legislative priorities Mayor Bill Finch and the City’s Legislative Delegation will focus on during the upcoming legislative session, which begins tomorrow.

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John $taf$trom’s UConn Coup

January 31st, 2012 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

Former Democratic Town Chair John Stafstrom is a happy man today. Who could blame him? The attorney for Bridgeport-based Pullman & Comley structured the agreement that eventually led to the approval Monday by the State Bond Commission of $291 million for Maine-based Jackson Laboratory to construct a new building and create upwards of 300 bioscience jobs at the University of […]

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