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Righting The Port Authority Ship

February 2nd, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Citizen financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee has uncovered waves of dubious decisions from the prior administration’s control of the Bridgeport Port Authority, what he describes as the warping of an institution to make it less open, accountable, transparent and honest, his acronym for OATH. In his address to the City Council Monday night, he urged […]

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City Funds To Bail Out Port Authority Raise Questions About Nunn’s Intent

January 24th, 2016 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

A nearly $1 million fund transfer in November from an economic development office account to the financially strapped Bridgeport Port Authority approved by then-Chief Administrative Officer Andy Nunn who attempted to line up a job there when Bill Finch was a lame-duck mayor is creating waves. Nunn tried to position himself as Port Authority director in […]

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When Trash Becomes Dollars, What Gives With Wheelabrator Assessment?

January 18th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council

Citizen budget examiner John Marshall Lee has a bunch of questions he’ll present to the City Council during the public speaking portion Tuesday night that begins at 6:30. Several have to do with the assessment of the Wheelabrator trash-to-energy plant in the West End. Lee shares his remarks in advance: For the better part of […]

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Pullman & Comley To Remain As City Bond Counsel

January 12th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport-based law firm Pullman & Comley’s 20-year run as city bond counsel led by partner John Stafstrom will continue, according to City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer who says the firm submitted the strongest and least expensive proposal after the city solicited price proposals for upcoming bond counsel services from qualified firms in Connecticut.

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Financial Report Summarizes City’s Deficit Challenge

January 7th, 2016 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The city’s financial report for the first five months of the 2015-16 budget year that started July 1 is a messy stew of excessive expenditures including roughly $6 million in police overtime, $2.4 million fire overtime, $1.3 million Public Facilities overtime, $2 million in pay raises not budgeted, $1.9 million for unused holiday compensation, sick […]

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Addressing Loss Of Life Must Be City Council Priority

January 5th, 2016 · 32 Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Speaking to the City Council Monday night, fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee highlighted the loss of young lives observing, “If there is a worse statistic upon which to base City Council focus in 2016, please let me know, but until you do, I ask you through each Committee and in all of your interaction, please consider […]

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June 2015: Following Historic Shootings, Candidates Spar Over Crime, Ganim Places Finch On Defensive

December 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Joe Ganim left his mark in many ways in 2015, but where he gained the most traction in his historic comeback was public safety taking Bill Finch to task, particularly the incumbent’s response to an uptick in violent crime. Instead of showing compassion to victims in the face of tragedy Finch dubiously defended lower crime […]

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Top Stories March 2015: Ganim Moves Closer To Historic Comeback

December 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

OIB story highlights for March 2015. – Nothing like political star power to pad the campaign warchest. With “music and flavors of the East” Mayor Bill Finch enjoyed that Monday night at the Easton home of Bangalore Mahesh, owner of several Dunkin’ Donuts coffee franchises in Bridgeport, where Governor Dan Malloy and Connecticut’s two U.S. […]

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