It’s the brutal reality of police department finances: keep overtime down. Well, until a major crime event occurs and city leaders must balance public outcry with fiscal prudence. That’s when the area is saturated with extra patrols and investigators. It costs money. And, by the way, we’re understaffed. Translation: more overtime. And so it goes. […]
Entries Tagged as 'Ken Flatto'
January 11th, 2017 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Law Enforcement, News and Events
December 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
Nearly six months into the budget year, citizen financial scrutineer John Marshall Lee asked the City Council a series of questions to consider Monday night. Are they paying attention to the small and large print? From Lee: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Bridgeport City Council, I was absent from forum during the month of November. […]
December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics
During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]
November 8th, 2016 · No Comments · City Budget, Education, Law Enforcement
Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee could not attend the speaking portion of the City Council meeting Monday night where he is a regular voice. But he does not disappoint, writing to council members “since I am used to a routine of reviewing the Monthly Financial Report, released most recently on October 25, 2016, and […]
November 3rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · City Budget, News and Events
Piggybacking a state online financial portal, Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday introduced Open Budget that provides insight into city financial information including revenues and expenditures and payments to outside vendors, what Ganim describes as fulfilling a campaign promise for more government transparency. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo joined Ganim declaring Bridgeport the first community in the state […]
October 29th, 2016 · 97 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Library, News and Events
Mayor Joe Ganim is implementing a suggestion by State Rep. Steve Stafstrom to create a financial task force to serve as an adviser for long-term fiscal stability.
October 18th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events
Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night addressed the City Council asking “Will you provide your constituents with one or two explanations why you hesitated to help those Kindergarten students and forced them to a lesser place in the education line at the beginning of their career journey?” From Lee: What would you call […]
October 11th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The city has eliminated most of the $20 million budget deficit, if not the entire thing.