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The Times Are Changing

November 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Where did eight years go for Bill Finch? And where did 12 years go for Joe Ganim? Strange as it seems, in one week Finch ends his mayoralty and Ganim commences a historic encore albeit a resumption from 2003. When Ganim receives the oath of office Dec. 1, he will tack on to his standing as […]

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Reel Fun, Traffic Jam Hooked On East Side, Bridgeport Bass Pro Shops Opens To Thousands

November 19th, 2015 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Thousands of enthusiastic customers Wednesday night flooded the opening of Bass Pro Shops, the anchor tenant to the Steel Point redevelopment area of the East Side more than 30 years in the making, outgoing Mayor Bill Finch’s economic development legacy. Bass Pro is an incredible 150,000-square-foot indoor experience for its “Outdoor World” featuring fishing, boating, […]

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The End Of Sherwood’s Budget Forest?

November 18th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

No one knows the city’s more than $500 million budget like Tom Sherwood. For more than a decade he has served as director of the city’s Office of Policy and Management, a fancy term for budget director. Budgets are a labyrinth of numbers, departments, projections and imperfections. When it comes to the spending side of […]

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Courting A Development Chief

November 13th, 2015 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The Bridgeport business community didn’t exactly bust open wallets to finance Joe Ganim’s election, most of the campaign loot went to outgoing Mayor Bill Finch and Ganim’s chief general election opponent Mary-Jane Foster, but now business leaders want to help Ganim identify a replacement assuming current development chief David Kooris is shown the door.

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School Board Swaps Columbus Day For Italian Heritage Day

November 10th, 2015 · 27 Comments · Education, News and Events

When the Board of Education replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in October, a number of leaders in the Italian-American community including former mayors Lenny Paoletta and John Fabrizi saw it as a swipe to their heritage. The school board heard the community roar. Monday night it voted to approve Italian Heritage Day for the day […]

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When Red Ink Flows, The Trapdoors Of Election-Year Budgets

November 9th, 2015 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

In 2007, mayoral candidate Bill Finch promised a dubious $600 tax cut as a strategic edge in his Democratic primary struggle over party outsider Chris Caruso with the winner inheriting an election-year budget crafted by incumbent John Fabrizi who had opted out of reelection in the spring following revelations of cocaine use and then seeking […]

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Panuzio Calls Foster Sunshine And Blue Sky

October 29th, 2015 · 33 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

In a read similar to an editorial board endorsement, former Republican Mayor Nick Panuzio, 1971-75, shares his support for Mary-Jane Foster for mayor. This commentary first appeared in the CT Post. The mayor’s race in Bridgeport this year is “classic Bridgeport.” While there are many mayoral candidates for the Nov. 3 election, the two main […]

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Surf’s Up! Big Wave Endorses Foster For Mayor

October 27th, 2015 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Chris Caruso and Joe Ganim attended high school together at Notre Dame. They’ve known each other for about 40 years. Caruso says voters should not return Ganim to the mayor’s office. The two-time mayoral candidate and government reformer who led passage of the state’s landmark campaign finance reform law in the state legislature, has endorsed […]

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