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.
Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'
March 21st, 2017 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
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:
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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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 […]
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 […]
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:
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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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.