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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

If The Print Shop Could Only Print Boots Filled With Money

March 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee systematically reviews department expenditures looking for clues in how taxpayer money is spent. Monday night he addressed the City Council about the city’s Print Shop. Hmmm, if only they could print money. From Lee.

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Who’s Doing The Demolition Work?

March 11th, 2017 · 6 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

John Marshall Lee has waged war on fiscal blight for years. In his latest commentary, the spending watchdog raises questions about the process to remove blighted buildings. From Lee:

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Did Jeff Sessions Lie To Congress?

March 2nd, 2017 · 56 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

Hmmm, U.S. Senator Al Franken, interrogating Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the above video, bears a resemblance to OIB contributor John Marshall Lee. Did Sessions lie about his Russian contacts? Time will tell.

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Who Are Watchdogs On City Council?

February 23rd, 2017 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

City fiscal examiner John Marshall Lee Tuesday night encouraged City Council members to step up their watchdog roles in the city budget process. From Lee: Three weeks ago Kenneth Flatto, City Finance Director, sent out the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for FY 2016 as required along with his letter to us all before the […]

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City Unveils Portal For Freedom Of Information Requests

February 16th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Navigating a Freedom of Information request through a government agency can be a rowboat against the tide. If you can figure out where to issue a request is another story. Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration has made it easier to secure information through its Open Bridgeport website. A Freedom of Information portal is also now featured on […]

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The Dollars And Cents Of Taxpayer Investments

February 14th, 2017 · 4 Comments · City Budget

Fiscal bloodhound John Marshall Lee spends days and nights examining financial reports to raise questions about spending justification. Does a purchase jibe with what’s good for city taxpayers? He addresses a number of issues in this commentary including his take on City Hall’s consideration to relocate the statue of electrical pioneer Lewis Latimer. From Lee:

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Need More Info? Ask For It

January 18th, 2017 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Tuesday night addressed the City Council with a focus on Police Department spending. From Lee: This is the second meeting of the year and the fourth of the session that began in December. One year ago information was leaking out of City Hall about the dire financial situation in […]

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City Council Resolution Calls For Residency Reporting For Elected Officials

January 14th, 2017 · 13 Comments · City Council, News and Events

The agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting includes a resolution presented by three council members for a “proposed request regarding Residency Reporting for all Municipal Elected Officials, as well as Board and Commission Members.” The measure will be referred to the Ordinance Committee.

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