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Entries Tagged as 'Mark Anastasi'

The City Council’s Chief Thode Intervention–Semantics Of ‘Appointment’ Versus ‘Contract’

October 28th, 2017 · 30 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

When the City Council’s Contracts Committee went into caucus Wednesday night to discuss the contract terms for Fire Chief Richard Thode the chief made one thing very clear: “I am receiving just my city paycheck. No pension. Please clear that up with your readers.” The reference was to some OIB reader comments that the chief […]

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Retired Judge Lopez Shares Legal Insight Into Weldon School Board Seat, City Attorney Agrees, Six Seats Up For Grabs

July 6th, 2017 · 41 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

Update: City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer on Thursday afternoon told OIB he agrees with the legal interpretation shared by Judge Lopez. “I have the utmost respect for Judge Lopez,” said Meyer. “I generally concur with her interpretation of the statute and will set forth a formal opinion within the next few days.” That opinion, he […]

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School Board Monday Night Fight Over Lighthouse Program

May 23rd, 2017 · 29 Comments · Education, News and Events

pic.twitter.com/G7ZfecJDuv — linda lambeck (@lclambeck) May 23, 2017 If you’re bored with the Board of Education, it wasn’t so boring Monday night. The nine-member body got into quite an exchange over an eventual vote that failed to overturn a $500,000 rental fee charged to the city’s Lighthouse program for after school and summer programs that […]

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City Lawyers Close Curtain On Theater Development Transparency

March 7th, 2017 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

City lawyers are like gatecrashers dropping a turd in the party punch bowl of good news. Bridgeport’s boarded-up Downtown twin jewels Poli Palace and Majestic theaters have finally–after 40 years–received some attention based on the city’s Office of Economic Development issuing a “Request for Expressions of Developer Interest” for a development plan vision. Four potential developers have […]

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Balletto’s Ballet–Testa Fundraiser Hauls in $43K, $10K Donated To State Party

February 18th, 2017 · 64 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When Bridgeport Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa hosted a fundraiser in November at his Madison Avenue restaurant it was billed as a general election rally to also commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mayor Joe Ganim’s comeback. Backed by the political payroll and developers, with an all-star cast of city and state politicians, the chairman flexed […]

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Pereira Wants State Complaint Hearings Delayed Until Lawyer Issue Resolved

January 29th, 2017 · 23 Comments · Education

Declaring “since when do one’s political enemies get to select one’s legal representation,” Board of Education member Maria Pereira has asked the executive director of the State Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to postpone procedural complaints alleging age and race discrimination against her until “the matter of my legal representation is resolved.”

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What’s Ganim’s Grade On Government Reform His First Year Back?

December 1st, 2016 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

During the 2015 comeback campaign Joe Ganim rolled on a deodorant to mask a past that had forced him from office in 2003: public support from the retired FBI agent Ed Adams who investigated him and vigorous backing from members of the police union. Testimonials from the former fed and active city police officers presented a tonic […]

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School Board Maneuvering Continues, Special Meeting Monday

October 21st, 2016 · 10 Comments · Education, News and Events

Board of Education Secretary Ben Walker and at least three other board members are moving forward with a special meeting Monday, 6:30 p.m. at Geraldine Johnson School. Will selective boycotter Dennis Bradley, the chair, show up?

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