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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

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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The Day Finch’s Dubious 2012 Ballot Question Was Defeated

November 5th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

In the 2012 general election for president a municipal ballot question appeared that broke records for money spent to influence a city vote: “Shall the City of Bridgeport approve and adopt the Charter changes as recommended by the Charter Revision Commission and approved by the City Council, including education governance reforms.” Translation: Mayor Bill Finch […]

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Council Approves New Tax-Break Guidelines, Lee Has Questions

October 17th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Council, News and Events

On a night the City Council approved new tax-break guidelines by a 10-8 vote, citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee raised a number of questions during the public speaking portion of the session.

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‘Landlord, Landlord’ Is Loss Of Hot Water For Five Days Important?

October 5th, 2017 · 16 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Citizen watchdog John Marshall Lee brought to the attention of the City Council Monday night “A local Section 8 complex for elderly and disabled has on two occasions in a recent five-week period failed to maintain availability of hot water for five days at a time.” Lee’s presentation to the legislative body included recitation of […]

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Spirited Hearing Over Proposed Liquor Store Expansion

September 27th, 2017 · 31 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Monday night’s zoning commission hearing turned rowdy with opponents to opening up more liquor store applications frustrated by process and a lawyer for the city promising police presence at the next meeting.

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Construction Of New Harding High Advances, With Questions About Cost

September 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The new Harding High School under construction off Boston Avenue to replace the antiquated structure built more than 90 years ago is the subject of a commentary by city financial observer John Marshall Lee who wonders about the price tag then and the cost now.

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Going, But Not Gone Yet

September 19th, 2017 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Only a few regular meetings remain for the current City Council that will be replaced by a new legislative body with some new faces in December. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee revisited some questions he has presented to the current configuration during an address to councilors Monday night.

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