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Entries Tagged as 'John Mandanici'

Scholarship Tribute For Charlie Tisdale, Historic City Figure

March 18th, 2018 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Charlie Tisdale is a significant figure in Bridgeport, both in and out of city politics. He was a Harding High School quarterback. As a candidate for mayor he was a one-man turnout machine who inspired voters to the polls, both for and against him. As a social service leader, he has led for decades Action […]

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Terri Pontillo, Sister Of Former Mayor John Mandanici

March 18th, 2018 · No Comments · News and Events

Bold, caring, passionate. Terri Pontillo, just liker her brother John Mandanici who served as mayor from 1975-81, was an engaging personality active in city politics for decades. She also served as acting city treasurer. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Jude’s Church, 707 Monroe Turnpike. Interment will follow […]

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Bill Seres, Mayor For 55 Days

February 9th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

In Bridgeport political life Bill Seres was a footnote, known as the 55-day mayor, but his fuller life was much much richer than that. He passed away on Tuesday.

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Traffic Solution: Tunnel From Bridgeport To Long Island

January 15th, 2018 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Back in the 1970s then-Mayor John Mandanici opined a solution for quicker access to Long Island that was met with incredulity: an underwater tunnel. A Montreal consulting firm, with a nod from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, embrace it as a solution to traffic misery. Hey, it’s only tens of billions.

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Gilberto Hernandez, Political Leader, City Councilman And Mayoral Aide

December 30th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Whatever occurred in Democratic politics in the city the past 50 years, East Side District Leader Gilberto Hernandez was always a player at the table. We worked together as administrative aides to Mayor Tom Bucci in the mid 1980s. Alcalde is mayor in Spanish and what few know is that Gil nearly became Alcalde in […]

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Does It Matter Where They Live? 30 Percent Of Uniformed Services Reside In City

May 25th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

About 30 percent of Bridgeport’s 702 public safety officers reside in the city, according to statistics provided by the city for members of police and fire services.

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The Trefz Touch: ‘Damn It, Ernie, You Can Have My (Bleeping) Tootsie Roll Too’

February 27th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

When it came to the art of negotiation, Bridgeport business leader Ernie Trefz was a marvel. Almost everything with Ernie who died Saturday morning was subject to give and take. (Trefz services here.) Former Bridgeport Economic Development Director Mike Freimuth, now executive director of the Capital Regional Development Authority, was sometimes on the other side […]

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Build A Statue Of Margaret Morton

February 16th, 2017 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Controversy abounded about the statue relocation of engineering pioneer Lewis Latimer that seems to be resolved by Mayor Joe Ganim declaring Thursday it will continue to front the Margaret Morton Government Center. It’s a mighty fine statue that should remain displayed prominently, but how many visitors who approach the Downtown concourse know anything about the […]

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