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Entries Tagged as 'Pat Crossin'

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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March Madness Means Primaries–East Side Challenge Slate Qualifies

February 1st, 2012 · 19 Comments · City Politics

UPDATE: The Democratic Town Committee challenge slate in the 137th East Side District has qualified to oppose the slate led by City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez, according to Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala. And you thought March madness meant college hoops! Three district primaries for Democratic Town Committee seats could take place March 6th, assuming necessary […]

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Reality: You Know A Project’s Successful When Everyone Takes Credit

September 13th, 2011 · 12 Comments · City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

A lot of stuff is swirling out there about who deserves credit for making construction of the ballpark and arena at Harbor Yard a reality. Fact: There’s no ballpark, no Bluefish and no arena without Mary-Jane Foster and husband Jack McGregor. They were the driving private-sector forces behind the sports entertainment complex.

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OIB Archive: ‘A Land Swap For You! Carve Up The City–Abolish The Board of Education’

July 13th, 2011 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

CT Post columnist MariAn Gail Brown writes that the City of Bridgeport should be dissolved as a result of the state takeover of city schools. In the be-careful-what-you-wish-for category, here’s the OIB post from March 29, 2011. Eek! All this talk about land swaps between Bridgeport and Trumbull has me thinking (always a peculiar thing) […]

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A Land Swap For You! Carve Up The City–Abolish The Board of Education

March 29th, 2011 · 83 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning

All this talk about land swaps between Bridgeport and Trumbull has me thinking (always a peculiar thing) back to the days of State Rep. Lee Samowitz. Twenty years ago or so Lee proposed the ultimate land swap. Divide Bridgeport into the suburbs. Before there was a Bridgeport there was a Stratfield. City proper as we know […]

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Gomes: Finch Buying Support For School Project

February 19th, 2011 · 53 Comments · City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education

Interesting and intense negotiations going on between Bridgeport and Trumbull for the proposed building of a $125 million regional magnet school in Fairchild Memorial Park in Trumbull. Shortly after Mayor Bill Finch became mayor in 2007 he called Trumbull a “bucolic town with no problems.” It was just one of Finch’s many befuddling declarations. An amazing statement […]

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Applicants For Crossin Seat

January 25th, 2011 · 5 Comments · City Politics, Education

Linda Conner Lambeck reports in the Connecticut Post: Nine people have submitted letters to the Bridgeport Board of Education, asking to be considered for the seat left vacant by Patrick Crossin, who resigned last month for health reasons. The candidates are: Barbara Pouchet, Betsey Elise Meyer, Brandon M. Clark, Francisco Luis Torres III, Hernan Illingworth, […]

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