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Entries Tagged as 'John Stafstrom'

City Issues Bond Sale To Reduce Debt Service Payments–Ganim Needles Bronin’s Bailout

December 28th, 2017 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

A bond sale to reduce pension liability is not generally a sexy story line, but when a mayor is trying to reduce costs, especially as a candidate for governor in a state with crippling debt issues, it’s certainly something Joe Ganim will leverage as a talking point. It also helps Ganim contrast his city with […]

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Ganim Seeks State Approval To Borrow To Pay Off Unfunded Pension Liability

March 22nd, 2017 · 36 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

With city Bond Counsel John Stafstrom at his side and a nod to his nephew State Rep. Steve Stafstrom, a member of the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday urged passage of a proposal to allow municipalities to bond the unfunded pension liability for the Municipal Employees Retirement System that Ganim […]

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Donald Trump’s Favorite Hobby–Lying

September 16th, 2016 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, News and Events

In light of the latest Donald Trump fabrication revealed (everyone has a hobby, right?). After five years as the chief promoter of the false idea that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, Donald Trump admitted on Friday that the president was–and claimed credit for putting the issue to rest, we present an OIB […]

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The Truth About Trump–When Lies Are Acceptable In The World Of Trumpisms

August 5th, 2016 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, National Politics, State Politics

In the spring of 1995, shortly after city voters overwhelmingly supported proposition of a casino complex in a non-binding referendum to influence state legislators opposed to gaming expansion, Mayor Joe Ganim was lamenting Donald Trump’s flip-flop promising financial support of the referendum for a gaming bill that was eventually rejected by the State Senate. Pondering […]

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From Camel To Car, Dennis Murphy Gets Behind Wheel Of Troubled DMV

January 25th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

He has served as deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor for five years, has even filled in as acting commissioner and now Bridgeport resident Dennis Murphy will try to steer the Department of Motor Vehicles in the right direction after another Bridgeport resident Andres Ayala resigned as commissioner following a troubling year at […]

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West Side Pols Gear Up For Town Committee Fight

January 13th, 2016 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

It’s not exactly the Jets versus the Sharks, but a political fight is brewing on the West Side that will warm winter’s chill. Former City Council President Lisa “Honey” Parziale appears to mean business leading a 132nd Town Committee District slate against a veteran crew led by long-time District Leader Mike Freddino. Parziale and Freddino […]

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Pullman & Comley To Remain As City Bond Counsel

January 12th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport-based law firm Pullman & Comley’s 20-year run as city bond counsel led by partner John Stafstrom will continue, according to City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer who says the firm submitted the strongest and least expensive proposal after the city solicited price proposals for upcoming bond counsel services from qualified firms in Connecticut.

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The Politics Of Legal Work, City Solicits Pricing For Key Bond Counsel Services

January 2nd, 2016 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, News and Events

Pullman & Comley’s 20-year run as city bond counsel led by partner John Stafstrom could be coming to a close. The Bridgeport-based law firm with offices in Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury has been notified by the city that it is soliciting price proposals for upcoming bond counsel services from qualified firms in Connecticut. Bond counsel work […]

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