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Ex Mayor Bucci Representing McCarthy In Exit Negotiations–Development Chief Kooris In Limbo

January 6th, 2016 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

As Joe Ganim continues to assemble pieces of his administration, two leftovers from Bill Finch’s days stand out: City Council President Tom McCarthy, deputy director of Labor Relations and David Kooris, director of Planning and Economic Development. McCarthy is a politician who’s worked for the city for about 15 years. Kooris is a development professional […]

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July 2015 Look Back: Finch Wins Endorsement, Testa Backs Ganim, Game On

December 27th, 2015 · 5 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

July 2015 news highlights:  Standing outside the main entrance to his Madison Avenue restaurant, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa reflected on his scratchy relationship with Mayor Bill Finch shortly after the mayor received the Democratic Town Committee endorsement following a promise by Testa he would break a tie on behalf of Joe Ganim. Testa was […]

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Mayoral Race Heats Up In May, 2015 OIB News Highlights

December 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

2015 May news highlights: The concept began with former State Rep. Auden Grogins, now on the state bench, and has continued with her State House replacement Steve Stafstrom. The state Department of Transportation has approved the city’s application to provide $3.8 million for a pedestrian bridge over Ash Creek linking Black Rock from Fox Street […]

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Who’ll Be Jamming In Joe’s Garage?

November 30th, 2015 · 38 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Rock icon Frank Zappa scored an infectious FM favorite about several band buddies, an unconventional bunch, coming together to play in “Joe’s Garage.” In Joe Ganim’s unorthodox comeback, he’s assembling pieces to an administration both unconventional and even surreal should the former FBI agent who investigated him work in his administration to create an Office […]

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Reel Fun, Traffic Jam Hooked On East Side, Bridgeport Bass Pro Shops Opens To Thousands

November 19th, 2015 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Thousands of enthusiastic customers Wednesday night flooded the opening of Bass Pro Shops, the anchor tenant to the Steel Point redevelopment area of the East Side more than 30 years in the making, outgoing Mayor Bill Finch’s economic development legacy. Bass Pro is an incredible 150,000-square-foot indoor experience for its “Outdoor World” featuring fishing, boating, […]

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Saturday Salute Planned For Finch

November 18th, 2015 · 34 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Education advocate Jessica Martinez is organizing a grassroots community event  “to show appreciation and thanks to Mayor Bill Finch and Family for their service and dedication to Bridgeport.” The sendoff will take place Saturday 3 p.m. at Dolphin’s Cove, 421 Seaview Avenue, not far from the Steel Point redevelopment area of the East Side that […]

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School Board Swaps Columbus Day For Italian Heritage Day

November 10th, 2015 · 27 Comments · Education, News and Events

When the Board of Education replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in October, a number of leaders in the Italian-American community including former mayors Lenny Paoletta and John Fabrizi saw it as a swipe to their heritage. The school board heard the community roar. Monday night it voted to approve Italian Heritage Day for the day […]

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Ballot Order Set For Mayor In Historic Ganim Comeback Quest

October 10th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Seven candidates for mayor will appear on the November 3 general election ballot in this historic campaign cycle in which Joe Ganim seeks to cement redemption as the Democratic nominee, Mary-Jane Foster positions to stop him as a petitioning Democratic alternative and Enrique Torres offers a Republican voice outside the political establishment. Charlie Coviello, running […]

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