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Ganim’s Fiscal Stability, Department Heads, Bluefish Baseball Attract Crowds

November 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

This is the second installment of Joe Ganim’s early years as mayor Slowly, the city began to inch out of the abyss. The around-the-clock hours of reversing red ink made Ganim’s eyes bloodshot. Whatever funds his municipal tourniquet saved went back into beefing up the strength of the police department to fight crime.

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John Marshall Lee’s Quest For Answers (And Eating OATS) On The City Council

April 21st, 2015 · 21 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

For several years, community fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee has been a painstaking presence at City Council meetings haranguing councilors on open and accountable government, fund balances, audits, financial reports, spending and taxes. He asks questions, but fields no answers to his satisfaction. Now he’s decided to be the guy to provide answers to the […]

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Pat Crossin, Former City Councilor And School Board Member

March 12th, 2015 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education, News and Events

Former city councilman and school board member Pat Crossin, who waged a courageous struggle with lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, passed away Thursday morning. Crossin owned and operated Phillips Fuel Systems on the city’s West Side. He was 60.

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Republican Campaign Strategy For School Board, Individual Candidacy Versus Team Approach

October 15th, 2013 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

What must Republicans do to win seats on the Board of Education? Judging by the GOP strategy so far running as a team is not on the list. The three candidates for Board of Education Joe Larcheveque, Steve Best and John Weldon are presenting themselves as individual alternative choices to the status quo rather than […]

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What’s Your Assessment?

October 12th, 2013 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Jim “Sonny” Fox, one of Bridgeport’s preeminent conspiracy theorists and radio moonlighter from his Black Rock home, shares this commentary on what he claims is tax favoritism for the politically connected. The retired electrician and occasional candidate for public office cites tax disparity for the 2009 revaluation among members of the Democratic Town Committee. Every […]

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Campaign Operatives Gear Up For School Board Election Battle

August 5th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

If 2009 is a barometer for this year’s general election for Board of Education and City Council seats, the turnout will be death valley.

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Why Won’t Carmen Lopez Run For Office?

August 4th, 2012 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Education

In her latest searing essay in the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez barbecues the city’s “political machine” Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa claims was responsible for her appointment to the state bench. In July of 2009 Lopez in fact sought the Democratic Town Committee endorsement for a Board of Education seat. Carmen, […]

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Finch Pitches Tax Increase In The Rock–Historic Opportunity For Schools: “I Never Asked This Before”

April 12th, 2012 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education

Facing a sometimes restrained, sometimes frustrated crowd, Mayor Bill Finch addressed a jam-packed audience Wednesday night at the Black Rock Library Branch to explain why he must raise taxes. He established his priority right out of the box: his comments chastising neighborhood residents to stop complaining about high taxes were taken out of context.

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