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Entries Tagged as 'Mike Marella'

Knock, Knock, Budget Committee, Anyone Home?

November 11th, 2014 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen fiscal scrutineer John Marshall Lee has arguably attended more City Council budget committee meetings than some of its members. He chronicles the attendance records of budget committee members, including the lack of a quorum on Monday. From Lee: There is only one body in Bridgeport that is charged with looking after taxpayer dollars. It […]

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Paoletta To Lead Columbus Parade Sunday

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

News release from Council of Italian-American Societies: Strike up the bands, tune up the instruments, unfurl the flags, the Columbus Day Parade & Celebration, the oldest continuous parade in the state, is preparing to step off Sunday, October 12 in Bridgeport’s North End. The 106th Columbus Day Parade & Celebration, sponsored by the Council of […]

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Lopez: City Councilors ‘Prisoners In The Cave Of Comfortable Ignorance’

August 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

In a commentary first published by the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge and Bridgeport resident Carmen Lopez takes aim at the “obedient employees on the Council to march on command and follow orders” during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee. Check it out: Take an introductory course in philosophy at any university […]

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Council Members Seek Budget Updates From City Departments

August 4th, 2014 · 13 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Citizen budget watchdog John Marshall Lee has addressed the City Council on numerous occasions urging review of timely financial reports. Is it possible they are finally hearing him?

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Youthful And Resilient Paoletta Leads Columbus Festivities

June 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

You’ll not meet a more vibrant 79-year-old than Lenny Paoletta who served as mayor from 1981-1985. Determined, athletic, resourceful, Paoletta is serving as the 2014 Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshal. Paoletta loves a parade and it was during his years as mayor the St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities took flight. He’s also resilient. Twenty years […]

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Spending Taxpayer Money On Nonprofits–Legit Or Buying Votes?

May 5th, 2014 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council

City budget hound John Marshall Lee says it’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. He charges, in remarks made to the City Council Monday night, council members donations to nonprofits are “outrageous and illegal. What will you do about it?” Council President McCarthy, members of the Council, respected citizens and taxpayers. Were I […]

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Public Hearings Set For Mayor’s Proposed Budget

April 18th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

What will the City Council do with Mayor Bill Finch’s budget plan? The mayor has submitted a $522,966,587 spending document to the City Council that calls for a modest hike of just under one mil representing a roughly $120 tax increase on the average city homeowner if approved by the city’s budget-making body. The budget […]

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