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Entries Tagged as 'John Stafstrom'

Finch And Harp, Who Has Mayoral Juice In Hartford?

March 21st, 2014 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, State Politics

The other day Mayor Bill Finch urged the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee to free up more state aid to help keep down local property taxes, an annual cry from big-city mayors lamenting small development footprints and a multitude of tax-exempt properties that minimize revenues in their cities. This is an election year for Democratic Governor […]

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How A Campaign Operation Rescued Sue Brannelly–What’s Steven Stafstrom’s Future?

November 11th, 2013 · 39 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

When incumbents fight the tide of establishment anger in high-turnout areas such as Black Rock it’s all they can do to stay above water. Steven Stafstrom was a casualty of voter fury in the highest turnout area of the city that also nearly drowned his Democratic City Council running partner Sue Brannelly whose once-popular standing  […]

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Council Candidates Debate Taxes, Development, Conflicts Of Interest

October 23rd, 2013 · 13 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Library, News and Events

City Council candidates in the 130th District squared off Wednesday night for a spirited forum in the standing-room-only Black Rock Library conference room with Democratic incumbents Sue Brannelly and Steven Stafstrom emphasizing their efforts to reduce taxes in the mayor’s proposed budget, pushing for renovations of Black Rock School while Republicans Rick Torres and Phil Blagys […]

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Timpanelli: Transform The Barnum Festival Into An Economic Driver

October 18th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

His initials are P.T. just like the legendary Phineas Taylor Barnum, and on Thursday Paul Timpanelli, who has served for 25 years as president of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, was introduced as the 2014 Barnum Festival ringmaster at Sacred Heart University where he graduated, and followed up with a teaching profession, election as Trumbull’s […]

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The West Side City Council Primary, The Battle For Brooklawn And Bassick

September 5th, 2013 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

On Tuesday, in addition to a citywide primary for Board of Education, Democratic primaries for City Council are on tap in four districts including the West Side where incumbents Evette Brantley and John Olson are opposed by Bob Halstead and Trish Swain. Bridgeport’s 132nd District runs west of Park Avenue to Brooklawn Avenue that meets […]

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Barnum’s Got Talent Winner To Perform At Downtown Thursday

August 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

James Bavolacco, winner of the first Barnum’s Got Talent Vocal Competition, will perform tonight (Thursday) at 6 at the Downtown Thursdays concert series at McLevy Green. James’ talent has been recognized by American Idol. News release from Barnum Festival.

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Black Rock Council Battle, Torres And Blagys Versus Brannelly And Stafstrom

July 24th, 2013 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

Not in decades has Bridgeport seen a general election for City Council such as the one shaping up in Black Rock, the highest turnout area of the city. Neighborhood leader Phil Blagys, with deep roots in the community, has agreed to serve as the council running partner of two-time Republican mayoral candidate Rick Torres against Democratic incumbents Sue […]

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