Just inside the Bridgeport line, across the street from a Fairfield restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved an application for a package store that opponents argue violates state law. The applicant hired Bridgeport land use guru Chuck Willinger to make the presentation to the ZBA. One […]
Entries Tagged as 'Mario Testa'
May 24th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events
May 13th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Alma Maya earned her political stripes courting an independent streak going back to her days as a disciple of Bridgeport social irritant Cesar Batalla, an establishment fighter in the cause of school funding, busing, voter rights and political power. Maya was elected Town Clerk in 2007 running with Bill Finch who was elected mayor and […]
April 27th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events
Jim Callahan was among the last of the two-fisted journalists who could turn a phrase and complement it with his own photograph. Raised in a family of nine children, he was a kid from King of Prussia, Pennsylvani–growly, disheveled, outspoken, sweet, sour–who arrived in Bridgeport in the late 1970s geared up to take on politicians, […]
April 9th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events
UPDATE: Maya letter to Dems. This mayoral cycle has so many moving parts it could cause whiplash. Please call your local chiropractor.
April 1st, 2015 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Howard Gardner says he’s going all the way. Charlie Coviello says the same thing. A lot of political positioning is underway for a potential September Democratic mayoral primary in a challenge of two-term incumbent Bill Finch. While Gardner and Coviello are officially in the race, former Mayor Joe Ganim and 2011 candidate Mary-Jane Foster are […]
January 25th, 2015 · 56 Comments · City Politics, News and Events
The Hartford Courant’s Ed Mahony profiles former Mayor Joe Ganim’s possible run for his old job. Local Democrats are ducking for cover, trying to appear neutral should the glib Ganim challenge Bill Finch, the policy-driven, two-term incumbent, who, an aide said Friday, is pressing the state legislature to broaden anti-corruption laws and bar felons such […]
DeJesus Wins Tainted Endorsement For State Senate, His Lawyer Breaks Tie, Gomes Supporters Protest, Testa: Lawyer Should Have Recused Himself
January 15th, 2015 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
UPDATES: In an Only In Bridgeport moment, Ed Farrow, the chair of the Democratic convention to endorse a candidate for the February 24 special election for State Senate, broke a tie on behalf of his client City Councilman Richard DeJesus, creating havoc Thursday night following the nomination and cries of conflict of interest from supporters […]
January 12th, 2015 · 16 Comments · City Politics, News and Events
From CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart: But on Monday Testa, while still sounding a bit skeptical, was not so dismissive, citing the support Ganim appears to be receiving in the minority community as he continues his apology tour at churches and other welcoming venues.