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Worse In Hartford? Connecticut’s Bleeding Cities–Stafstrom: It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Worse Off … State Has Ignored Cities

August 29th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The mil rate in Bridgeport is 54. In Hartford it’s 74–ouch–by far the highest in the state. Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan approved by the City Council calls for $4 million in union concessions to balance the budget, some of which he has achieved. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s budget anticipates $15.5 million in municipal givebacks. […]

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The Crowd Roars For Tax Relief At City Council Meeting–Will It Matter?

August 2nd, 2016 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Another cranky crowd–mostly from the highly taxed Black Rock neighborhood–packed City Council Chambers Monday night, four weeks after venting about tax increases, to once again remind members of the budget and legislative body they haven’t forgotten about the impact on their pocketbooks. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker received a standing ovation in his call […]

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What, A Republican In The East End? Ganim Juggles Shaban Friendship, Walks Himes’ Tightrope

July 25th, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, News and Events, State Politics

A Republican was spotted in the East End over the weekend. When it comes to the African American-rich Democratic neighborhood in the state’s largest city where Democratic Mayor Joe Ganim ran up large pluralities last year, Republican political players have gone the way of the 8-track player. GOP congressional candidate John Shaban, a friend of […]

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Reliving Democratic Convention Craziness With Mario And Joe–Plus: Testa Fight Tape

June 13th, 2016 · 24 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, National Politics, State Politics

When Democrats converge on Philadelphia next month to officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president, two old buds will be shoulder to shoulder as delegates, Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim. City Councilwoman Mary McBride Lee will also be there as a delegate. Joe and Mario enjoy a heralded history of fascination at party […]

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Should The Airport Be Sold?

June 12th, 2016 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Sikorsky Memorial Airport is owned by the city but located in the Lordship section of Stratford where neighborhood residents aren’t exactly flying high about a modern aviation hub. Expansion opposition from Stratford, runway issues and decades of inaction all contribute to the airport’s financial drain on the city. About 25 years ago then-Governor Lowell Weicker […]

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Ganim Calls O&G Site Mount Trashmore II

April 23rd, 2016 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

In the early months of JG1, Joe Ganim, assisted by then-Governor Lowell Weicker, removed  a mountainous pile of illegal demolition debris in the East End that was a scourge on the neighborhood. It was called Mount Trashmore. On Friday Ganim was joined by city officials and neighborhood political leaders across the street from the hulking […]

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February 2015 News Highlights

December 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · News and Events

– Just two years after he was serenaded for his public service following a Democratic primary loss, Ed Gomes returned to the State Senate on Friday following his mighty special election win running on the Working Families Party line to replace the man who defeated him, Andres Ayala, now the commissioner of the Department of […]

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The Roar Of Red Ink, Ganim Grapples With Finch Budget Deficit, More Than $10 Million

December 11th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday night will likely hear some sobering news from Ganim administration financial chiefs: a mid-year budget deficit of more than $10 million. The $532 million election-year budget advanced by former Mayor Bill Finch that was approved by the last City Council for the budget year starting July 1 […]

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