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Entries Tagged as 'John Marshall Lee'

… Meanwhile, General Lee Points Out A Meeting Convergence

March 30th, 2018 · 1 Comment · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City fiscal hawk John Marshall Lee has dug talons into Monday’s calendar. Monday at 6:30 p.m. the Democratic Town Committee is scheduled to meet at Testo’s Restaurant to approve delegates to the state party convention in May. At 7 p.m., in City Hall, the City Council is scheduled to meet. Except half of the city’s […]

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Lotsa Questions–Does City Council Have Answers?

March 20th, 2018 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee speaks regularly during the public discussion portion of City Council meetings. He comes armed with numerous questions about spending. Lee’s Monday night address to the council: When you listen to taxpayers complain about increasing taxes, or about big increases what is your gut reaction as a representative of the […]

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Meanwhile, City Council Members Seek Financial Information

February 13th, 2018 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee on Monday attended a financial presentation to the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee. He files this commentary: Yesterday was a “red letter” day for the City of Bridgeport. The City stood up publicly on two occasions to talk about financial results. In the morning the Mayor announced a […]

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Are You Paying Attention?

February 6th, 2018 · 22 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

That was one among many questions posed to City Council members Monday night by government hawk John Marshall Lee. Less than two months ago, the Assistant City Clerk wrote a letter to three members of the November 2017 City Council informing them of the approved resolution requiring that “all officers of the city, elected or […]

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

January 17th, 2018 · 8 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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