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Entries Tagged as 'John Fabrizi'

Standing Ovation To OIB Readers, 2018 Bodes Intrigue

December 31st, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Check off another year. 2018 is shaping up as a wild political cycle: Democratic Town Committee primaries in March, followed by selection of a party leader. Will Mario Testa have enough juice for another two years? Depends on the March primary results. Statewide, party conventions in May will take place to endorse candidates for governor […]

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“You Don’t Sit There Until You Die”–Newton Wants Term Limits For Board, Commission Appointments

December 15th, 2017 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Councilman Ernie Newton, the “returning citizen navigator” has submitted a resolution calling for term limits for mayoral appointees to city boards and commissions, asserting “this ain’t the Supreme Court where you sit there until you die.”

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OIB Marks 10 Years, Reserve Your Calendars June 7, Party Time

May 29th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Happy anniversary. Happy birthday. Happy whatever you wanna call it day. On this day 10 years ago May 29, 2007, OIB made its debut. There’s only one thing to do under the circumstances: throw a party! June 7, 5:30pm at the delizioso Trattoria ‘A Vucchella, 272 Fairfield Avenue in beautiful Downtown Bridgeport. Scrumptious finger foods, […]

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City Council Romper Room–The Play For Legislative Leader

May 22nd, 2017 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

For a traditionally sleepy cycle, there’s a wake of moving parts in this election season featuring offices for City Council and Board of Education. One key part is whether City Council President Tom McCarthy will seek reelection to his North End seat. On Sunday Big Mac said he hasn’t made a decision.

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Giannotti Positions For City Council Run, McCarthy Not Sure About Reelection

February 28th, 2017 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former journalist Michael Giannotti volunteered for Mayor Joe Ganim’s 2015 comeback campaign, accepted a city position as public safety spokesperson at $63,500, then left abruptly after a few weeks as his relationship with Ganim unraveled. Now a Ganim critic, Giannotti says he’s pondering a run for City Council in the 130th District that includes Black […]

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City Reaches Tax Settlement With Trash-To-Energy Plant

February 22nd, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city has resolved a 10-year assessment battle with Wheelabrator Bridgeport, the waste-to-energy facility in Bridgeport’s West End serving 25 municipalities in three Connecticut counties. The settlement ends a tax appeal lawsuit that made its way through various state courts in which Wheelabrator asserted a “grossly inflated valuation that the city simply fabricated.” For background […]

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For The Love Of Politics–Primaries

February 14th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

You can spend all your time making love. You can spend all your love making time. In city politics, it cuts both ways. Break up, get back together. Break up, get back together. Break up, get back together. Sometimes, just like St. Valentine, it’s off with your head (politically speaking anyway). Is there a lot […]

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Pricey Public Safety Consultant Chapman Also Had Difficulty Controlling Overtime As Chief

January 30th, 2017 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim’s public safety consultant Wilbur Chapman, hired at $120,000 per year to reel in police overtime, had trouble doing that very thing when he was Bridgeport police chief even though he had 100 more sworn officers at his deployment disposal, according to a review of overtime statistics and staffing levels provided by multiple […]

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