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Entries Tagged as 'John Ricci'

Four Seasons Staffer Canned From City Job, Bucci On The Case

September 22nd, 2017 · 35 Comments · News and Events, Uncategorized

For several years Lisa Miro has been something of a fixture in City Hall working in both the mayoral administrations of Bill Finch and Joe Ganim, most recently an $18 per hour seasonal employee for the city’s after-school Lighthouse program. Miro worked full time but, she says, not accorded the requisite wages and benefits. Former […]

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‘I Prefer An Engaging Rogue To A Complete Fool’

April 28th, 2017 · 51 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Leave it to retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez to assess the state of affairs in city politics. Fresh off taking the city to task for rolling out a messy parking meter system, the city resident writes in a commentary for OIB “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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General Lee Pulls Out Boots For Public Hearing

April 19th, 2017 · 9 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee was among the taxpayers addressing city counselors at a budget public hearing Tuesday night, and brought with him his symbolic red boots signifying caution about red ink. Lee’s comments:

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Gander At City Employees Hired Since Ganim’s Return

April 1st, 2017 · 86 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

In the roughly 16 months of Joe Ganim’s return to office, about 230 city hires have taken place, a solid one-third from the ranks of uniformed services as the city struggles to keep pace with attrition from police and fire. See list of mostly full-time city hires since December 1, 2015 here.

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Confronting City’s New ‘RoboCops’

March 8th, 2017 · 41 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez’s patience meter for the city’s new Downtown parking meters has run out. She writes in a commentary “patrons of downtown businesses are given tickets without ever being told, warned, advised or otherwise notified that pulling over into an empty space for more than 5 minutes will result in a […]

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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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Ganim’s Staffing Changes Lead To Salary Adjustments, Key Roles For Staley And Bartlett-Josie

January 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Following a shake-up of top-level officials last month, Mayor Joe Ganim has also altered salaries. With the start of 2017, as well, two women have emerged with influential roles, Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Staley and de facto chief of staff Christine Bartlett-Josie who has government and political experience. Ganim does not have a long political […]

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Fire-damaged East End Building Demolished

December 19th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

Joined by East End political leaders and City Council members, Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday attended the demolition commencement of a fire-ravaged building on Stratford Avenue that formerly housed the Petteway Market, a social club and apartments.

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