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Entries Tagged as 'Mark Anastasi'

City Attorney Anastasi Tells Torres To File An FOI Request, Swain Says Opinion ‘Severe Roadblock’

June 25th, 2015 · 22 Comments · City Council, News and Events

Leave it to Bridgeport’s verbose City Attorney Mark Anastasi to save the best for last. In his nearly 18 months on the City Council, Republican Rick Torres, also a mayoral candidate, has railed about the lack of city information flow to the budget and legislative body. In a legal opinion regarding a resolution for departmental […]

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Government Reform Bill Dies In State House, Killed By Union Leadership

June 4th, 2015 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

The bizarre ending to the General Assembly left some legislative casualties such as the Bridgeport government reform bill, Governor Dan Malloy’s Second Chance initiative and body cameras required for municipal police officers. Looks like the legislature is headed for a special session to address the latter two issues. The reform bill must wait until next […]

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Bridgeport Conflict-Of-Interest Measure Passes Senate, Awaits Uncertainty In House

May 28th, 2015 · 67 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Led by freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore who promised to make it a priority on the campaign trail, the State Senate early Thursday morning unanimously approved legislation that would enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. The proposed legislation now goes to the State House where it faces […]

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Political Profiteers Prevail, Government Reform Bill Dies In Legislative Committee

March 27th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events, State Politics

Eastern Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten promised to kill a government reform bill on behalf of her union cronies and so far she has prevailed. The General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee did not meet the deadline to vote on conflict-of-interest legislation to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employee councilors. As a result […]

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Violating The City Charter, McCarthy Puts Finch In Political Predicament

March 19th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics

City Council President Tom McCarthy has placed Mayor Bill Finch in a pickle. McCarthy serves at the pleasure of the mayor as deputy director of Labor Relations while filling the dual role as head of the city’s budget and legislative body in defiance of the City Charter. How can Finch take the high road asserting […]

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Walsh FOI Trolls Information Among Bill Killers Of Government Reform

March 13th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

How deep do tentacles run to kill a government reform bill? That’s what former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh wants to know in a freedom of information request to City Attorney Mark Anastasi whose dubious legal opinion allows city employees to serve on the City Council in defiance of the voter-approved City Charter.

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Gomes, Stafstrom Support Government Reform Bill

February 26th, 2015 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, State Politics

As Ed Gomes and Steve Stafstrom prepare to enter the Connecticut legislature in mid session, fresh off special election wins, supporters of a government reform bill have picked up two allies in the ongoing effort to enforce the City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council.

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Former FBI Agent: Don’t Enable The Corruption Of The Past To Continue

February 13th, 2015 · 38 Comments · City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Retired FBI agent Ed Adams who managed the investigation more than a decade ago that toppled the mayoral administration of Joe Ganim submitted testimony Friday morning at a legislative hearing in Hartford in support of House Bill #5886 to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter barring city employees from serving on the City Council. The hearing […]

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