What began in 1983 under Italian-American Mayor Lenny Paoletta has flourished into a rite of passage for city supporters, an event to plan an entire day of good cheer, camaraderie, rumor mongering and a libation or two or three (call Uber please.) Bridgeport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences at noon Friday. Marchers will start at Harbor […]
Entries Tagged as 'Lenny Paoletta'
March 16th, 2017 · 12 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events
July 19th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events
For Tom Gill, it’s déjà vu all over again. Needing consistency in a key revenue-generating department, Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday brought back Gill to once again lead the Office of Planning and Economic Development, a position Gill had for about six years during the tenure of Democratic Mayor John Mandanici, 1975-81. Gill returns to the role in […]
July 12th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events
He had the job as a young man from 1976 into 1982 and now Tom Gill is under consideration to be Mayor Joe Ganim’s director of economic development, a department that has had two chiefs in seven months sorely in need of stability.
June 29th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
When Mayor Joe Ganim and city bean counters crafted a budget in the spring that was eventually approved by the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 it assumed $4 million in union concessions. Mayor Joe’s an experienced negotiator, better than most sitting on the other side of the table. Okay, he told […]
April 5th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
As a young music teacher in 1981, Ernie Newton was elected to the City Council and then named president of the legislative body by his peers. Back in the day, rather than the City Council, something called the Board of Apportionment and Taxation was tasked with reviewing the budget and setting a tax rate. Newton […]
March 8th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events
They don’t make pols like Joseph J. Garamella anymore. For anyone who knew him, all you had to say was Joe John. That was enough. Everyone knew who you meant. In the 20-year period from 1971 through 1991, Republican mayors–Nick Panuzio, Lenny Paoletta and Mary Moran–occupied the mayor’s office for 10 of those years. Republican […]
February 18th, 2016 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Civil Service, Law Enforcement, News and Events
When the City Council votes on a pact with Joe Gaudett transitioning from police chief to supervising a department as a contract worker, it will be asked to approve a three-year package of roughly $125,000 a year that allows him to also access his $78,534 current annual city pension.
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 […]