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Entries Tagged as 'Michael Feeney'

Bob Halstead, Ex Finch Roomie, No Longer Tending Community Gardens–Claims Retribution

May 18th, 2012 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning

Bob Halstead has been part of the city’s neighborhood fabric for decades. As founder of the city’s community garden program he was instrumental in transforming vacant eyesores into community pride points. He no longer serves in that capacity, a victim, he claims, of retribution for supporting Mayor Bill Finch’s mayoral opponents. Halstead shares this commentary […]

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2010 Top Stories, What Say You?

December 29th, 2010 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

What’s on your list of top Bridgeport stories? In June, a tornado struck buildings on the East Side and downtown including heavy damage to the Barnum Museum. On July 24 two city firefighters perished in the line of duty. On Oct. 30, President Obama visited the Arena at Harbor Yard to campaign for Democratic candidates. Three […]

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The City’s Finance Lenz–And What’s Going On With The Deficit?

November 18th, 2010 · 7 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Mike Feeney has left Bridgeport to become finance director for the Stratford BOE. Replacing Feeney on an interim basis is Dawn Norton who served as deputy director of finance.

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Finance Director Feeney Headed Back To Stratford

October 21st, 2010 · 20 Comments · News and Events

Word out of City Hall is that Finance Director Mike Feeney, former Stratford town manager, is headed back to Stratford as business manager for the education department at a higher salary than his $120,000 a year position with the city.

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Loot For Lawyers, Plus: ‘Bless Me Father …’, And Follow The Leader

October 6th, 2009 · 33 Comments · Civil Service, State Politics

How much has the city’s termination of former Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs cost taxpayers so far? Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez wants to know. (Me too.) Lopez has sent letters to City Attorney Mark Anastasi and Finance Director Michael Feeney requesting billing info and payments made to outside lawyers hired by Anastasi. A lawyer from […]

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The Library Referendum: Yes Or No? Plus: Abate Flushed

September 24th, 2009 · 68 Comments · Education, Library

I was looking to create a little trouble Wednesday afternoon. (Yeah, I can’t help myself.) So I called Jim O’Donnell, the genial president of the Bridgeport Library Board, to elicit an update on the November referendum to determine library funding. Voters will decide whether one mil shall be appropriated to fund library services. Basically, one mil in the […]

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Making Sense Of Master Plan, Plus: City’s Bond Rating Lowered, And We Love Raising Taxes

July 31st, 2009 · 118 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education, State Politics

The city’s Master Plan of development has been a master migraine in recent weeks from issues involving public hearings to an enterprising community group (Committee to Ungag the People) making lots of noise through silent protests. Nancy Hadley, the city’s former director of economic development, has sent a letter to City Council members in the […]

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Pension Plans And Probate Courts

May 20th, 2009 · 27 Comments · City Budget, Education, Law Enforcement, State Politics

From Ken Dixon of the Connecticut Post: HARTFORD — Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch lobbied his former colleagues in the state Senate Tuesday in an attempt to defuse a financial time bomb that could blow up and cost the city about $25 million. The improvised fiscal explosives date back 10 years, when Joseph P. Ganim, now […]

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