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Just Like The Old Days, Joe And Mario Back At The Capitol

February 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments · City Budget, State Politics

Joe Ganim hadn’t schmoozed legislators in the capitol as mayor in 13 years. Wednesday at the opening of the legislative session he was back joined by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa reconnecting with old-time pols such as Senate President Marty Looney who shepherded legislation last year that equalized auto taxes across the state to help […]

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City Council Expected To Approve McCarthy’s Severance Agreement Under ‘Consent Calendar’ Cover

January 30th, 2016 · 43 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

It’s one simple sentence on the City Council agenda for Monday night “Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re: Settlement of Legal Claim with Thomas C. McCarthy” but getting there was no simple resolution. The city’s legislative body is expected to provide final approval to an employment severance package for its leader who also served as deputy director […]

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Council Committee Approves McCarthy’s Severance Package

January 26th, 2016 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Council President Tom McCarthy’s employment exit with the city as deputy director of Labor Relations received a boost Monday night when his peers on the Miscellaneous Matters Committee voted to approve a severance package that sources say is roughly $35,000 with 18 months of health benefits. The full City Council could vote on the […]

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McCarthy And City Reach Severance Agreement, Needs City Council Approval

January 20th, 2016 · 46 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

UPDATE: Negotiators for the city and the lawyer representing City Council President Tom McCarthy have reached a tentative agreement on an exit package for his employment as deputy director of Labor Relations. In another OIB moment, the agreement requires City Council approval. See agenda of Miscellaneous Matters Committee here.

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Will Dennis Bradley Challenge Ed Gomes For State Senate?

January 19th, 2016 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

In politics timing is everything. Is the time right for Board of Education chairman Dennis Bradley to challenge State Senator Ed Gomes?

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McSandwiched Between Job And City Council Presidency, A Financial Standoff

January 14th, 2016 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

The give and take negotiations between Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration and City Council President Tom McCarthy who also serves as deputy director of Labor Relations have appeared to hit an impasse. Ganim made a pledge on the campaign trail to eliminate conflicts of interest such as city employees serving on the City Council approving their […]

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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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Happy New Year! Judge Radcliffe Rules Political ‘Fix Was In’ Shuts Down Liquor Store, ‘Parade Of Preening Politicians’

January 2nd, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning

Update includes full decision. When it comes to Bridgeport politics, Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe has a healthy dose of skepticism and he did not hold back in a “fix was in” decision Wednesday castigating political influence that approved an application for a package store opponents argued violated state law including former Republican State Senator […]

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