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Entries Tagged as 'Mario Testa'

Thwarting The Opposition, Mario’s Signature Strategy

July 31st, 2017 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Education

One of the pleasures–some would call it power–of serving as Democratic town chair is discretion to select the date of the party endorsement for respective candidates. “Selective” is a key word for Mario Testa who has a history of choosing a late endorsement date to handcuff potential pain-in-the ass opponents from securing petition signatures to […]

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Joe, Mario Schmooze New Haven Pols On Harp Night

July 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Tuesday night’s Democratic convention in New Haven where Mayor Toni Harp was endorsed by acclamation was mellow compared to Bridgeport’s mercurial affair the night before. One night in Bridgeport for Mayor Joe Ganim and Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, the next night in New Haven working the crowd at Harp’s preconvention dinner. The mayor and Mario are […]

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Dems Endorse Municipal Candidates, City Council Primaries Loom

July 24th, 2017 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Get set for a bunch of primaries for City Council, possibly 9 of 10 districts. The Democratic Town Committee Monday night at Testo’s Restaurant endorsed candidates for Board of Education, city sheriff and the 10 districts encompassing the legislative body on a day its leader Tom McCarthy announced he’s not seeking reelection to his seat in […]

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A “Tired” McCarthy Rejects Reelection To City Council, Served As Head Of Body For 10 Years

July 24th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Saying his new job as director of labor relations for the city of New Haven was a factor, City Council President Tom McCarthy announced on Monday he’ll not seek reelection to his seat in the North End 133th District, a position to which he first won election in 2001. He has served as council president […]

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Pereira Backing Incumbent Challengers For City Council In Upper East Side

July 18th, 2017 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

One week from the Democratic Town Committee endorsement, 138th District Leader Maria Pereira is throwing her support behind Timothy Bassey and Michele Small to oppose Upper East Side incumbents Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith in a September primary.

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McCarthy Appointed Chief Of New Haven Labor Relations

July 5th, 2017 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

It’s been nearly 18 months since he’s been on the public payroll, but City Council President Tom McCarthy is now the director of Labor Relations for the City of New Haven, a position that was available to him last year that he turned down during his failed State Senate primary bid against Democratic incumbent Marilyn […]

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Will They Ever Catch Up? Filling Board and Commission Vacancies

July 1st, 2017 · 6 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Bill Finch had this problem. Joe Ganim too. Whether effort for the task, administrative disorganization, lack of interest by the public to serve, background check logjam; filling vacancies to boards and commissions has been a quagmire for a decade.

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Pereira Decries Votes, Don’t Vote For Major Party School Board Candidates in November

June 29th, 2017 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

School board member Maria Pereira, lamenting the 5-4 Lighthouse Program vote, dresses down the members who voted in favor, in this commentary. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, will be remembered as a day that will live in infamy for the Bridgeport Board of Education (BBOE), the Bridgeport Public Schools (BPS) and our over 21,199 students. On […]

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