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Entries Tagged as 'Nestor Nkwo'

City School Leaders Sweat Out State Budget Fiasco

September 27th, 2017 · 15 Comments · City Budget, Education, News and Events, State Politics

The state that funds most city school expenses has no budget. Meanwhile, school officials have operated on city-budgeted cash to stay afloat. But that dough runs out next week. What to do? Contact state budget chief Ben Barnes who had served as finance director of city schools before his appointment as director of the Office […]

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Ganim Presents Budget To City Council With No Tax Increase, “Predicated On State” Resources

April 4th, 2017 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Law Enforcement

Mayor Joe Ganim Monday night led a prayer prior to the start of the City Council meeting hoping perhaps for a little manna from heaven as his proposed budget that holds the line on taxes survives anticipated revenues from the state “running a parallel path” during its budget deliberations.

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Will Scott Feel The Budget Burn?

March 20th, 2017 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Development and Zoning

Standing outside O&G’s ominous stockpiling plant in the East End, the wind whipping off Yellow Mill Pond, City Councilman Scott Burns joined Mayor Joe Ganim and several of Burns’ Black Rock constituents last week saluting Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe’s order to shut it down while reminding the construction services firm the battle ahead in […]

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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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Promoting Transparency, Ganim Unveils Financial Website, Lembo: Public Can Dive Into Data

November 3rd, 2016 · 29 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

Piggybacking a state online financial portal, Mayor Joe Ganim on Thursday introduced Open Budget that provides insight into city financial information including revenues and expenditures and payments to outside vendors, what Ganim describes as fulfilling a campaign promise for more government transparency. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo joined Ganim declaring Bridgeport the first community in the state […]

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Searching For City Council Heroes

October 18th, 2016 · 12 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee Monday night addressed the City Council asking “Will you provide your constituents with one or two explanations why you hesitated to help those Kindergarten students and forced them to a lesser place in the education line at the beginning of their career journey?” From Lee: What would you call […]

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City Financial Position Improves, But Questions Linger

October 11th, 2016 · 4 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The city has eliminated most of the $20 million budget deficit, if not the entire thing.

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In April Budget Hearing The Sound Of Crickets, What About Tuesday?

July 3rd, 2016 · 45 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

On April 21, this happened: the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee conducted a public hearing on the city’s spending plan and two taxpayers spoke. On Tuesday, now that they’ve received their tax bills, angry taxpayers are trying to rally a protest for the City Council meeting. Isn’t it better to scream before the budget is […]

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