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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

Watchdogs & Whistleblowers Welcome

August 23rd, 2016 · 13 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

It’s time to bark in the burg. Led by citizen financial watchdog John Marshall Lee, a forum for discussion, ideas and “barking points” has been launched at Watchdogs Bridgeport, a showcase for city issues. Lee says all fiscal hounds are welcome.

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Democratic Town Committee Rulebook On Mario’s Menu? Let’s Eat

August 19th, 2016 · 55 Comments · City Politics

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee wants to digest the rules of the Democratic Town Committee, led by restaurateur Mario Testa whose Madison Avenue restaurant is the mother ship of city politics. When it comes to politics Lee is no friend of martial law. He’s a proponent of putting everything on the table including the rules […]

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City Council To Vote On Labor Concession Deal

August 14th, 2016 · 11 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

A special meeting of the City Council will take place Monday at 6 p.m. in City Hall to  vote on two Contract Committee reports regarding labor concession agreements with the National Association of Government Employees and the Bridgeport City Supervisor’s Association.

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Spain Shares Fiscal Pain In City, Urges Course Correction And Assistance For Seniors

August 1st, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Pete Spain, who lives in Black Rock, was among the speakers to address the City Council Monday night. Educated at Yale, studious Spain is one of those guys in dogged pursuit of information and facts. OIB asked for a verbatim transcript of his remarks and he obliged.

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White Paper: Debating The Need For A Financial Review Board

July 14th, 2016 · 29 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Former City Councilman Tom White, who also provided staff support for the budget and legislative body, shares in a commentary the city’s failure to provide financial oversight. “The missing ingredient, in my opinion, is members that have the education and work experience to handle this challenging role. Also missing is support staff to assist with […]

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Watchdog Barks About “Hidden Government”–Will Others Dig In?

July 10th, 2016 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics

For years, citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a lonely bark adding light to the dark of government finances with little backup from struggling taxpayers at City Council meetings. Last week, City Council chambers was jammed with angry taxpayers only after they received their tax bills. It’s always better to vent before the budget […]

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Fireworks At City Council Meeting, Angry Taxpayers Vent At Mayor, Council Over Hike

July 6th, 2016 · 107 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Update, includes video: More than 400 vexed taxpayers, most from the higher assessed Black Rock neighborhood, vented on Mayor Joe Ganim in a jammed City Council chambers Tuesday night about their tax bills in a revaluation year. And he let them spew in a noisy night punctuated by booing, hissing and chanting and calls for […]

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General Lee Calls Out Emperor Mario

July 5th, 2016 · 26 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Often a lonely voice, citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee had plenty of speaking support at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Text of his remarks, including an emperor reference to Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa. Today is July 5, 2016. It is the first day of the 241st year of our “American experiment in democratic government.” […]

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