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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

City Council Message–Time, Talent, Resources (And Karaoke)

January 17th, 2018 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Council observer John Marshall Lee addressed the legislative body Tuesday night urging them to put their time, talent and resources to work. (And don’t forget about Karaoke.) When you approached the voters you may have known some issues dear to them, had a good reputation in your district, or were considered someone who would […]

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What’s Bona Fide Residency? The Eleanor Guedes Case

January 12th, 2018 · 6 Comments · Civil Service, News and Events

The question of residency for Civil Service Commission Chair Eleanor Guedes was a hotly debated item on OIB in 2009. See here. What’s bona fide residency? In the case of Guedes she has a family business outfitted with a bedroom in Bridgeport she declares as a residence, but the evidence then and now argues she […]

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Debating The Risks Of Bond Sale To Reduce Debt Service Payments

January 4th, 2018 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council

Last week, Mayor Joe Ganim announced a pension bond sale that officials say will save the city approximately $2 million per year in debt service payments covering retirement costs for uniformed services. City financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee is skeptical about the numbers. He shared his thoughts Tuesday night with the City Council. From Lee:

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Top Stories From April–No Foolin’

December 27th, 2017 · No Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

A look at April 2017: Joined by community supporters and even her husband Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe, retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez leveraged her savvy legal skills during a City Hall meeting, filleting the city’s rollout of modern parking meters without visible signage of the consequences for failing to execute a transaction within […]

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Filling Vacancies And Playing By The Rules

December 21st, 2017 · 3 Comments · Civil Service

Government scrutineer John Marshall Lee has been digging through a number of city departments raising questions about board and commission vacancies as well as the inner workings of Civil Service. He provides this report: Bridgeport, have you ever thought about the way fellow citizens, appointed to Boards and Commissions by successive Mayors, and perhaps later […]

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‘The Hidden (Ball)ot Play’

December 18th, 2017 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City political observer John Marshall Lee compares city politics with the American pastime. It’s all in a game, right? From Lee: In winter with below freezing temperatures and snow blanketing the ground young and old Americans all over the land begin to yearn for news of “the boys of summer,” the return of star veterans, […]

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Lee Asserts On Finances, Flatto Defends Financial Management

December 5th, 2017 · 13 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee raises a number of questions about city finances in a commentary that he also shared with city finance officials. Finance Director Ken Flatto responded to Lee with a defense of financial practices citing comments from rating agencies.

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Questions For Departing City Council

November 6th, 2017 · 18 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

In the last regularly scheduled meeting of the 2015-2017 City Council, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee was there, as he has been for many years, asking the legislative body about how it spends the people’s money.

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