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Entries Tagged as 'Phil Smith'

City Council Junket Debate, Good For Taxpayers Or Waste Of Money?

March 15th, 2017 · 33 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

Waste of taxpayer dollars or prudent lobbying work on behalf of the city? The majority of the 20-member City Council are in Washington DC this week attending a conference junket hosted by the National League of Cities. They attended government symposiums, were greeted by Connecticut’s U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and even met […]

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Another Board Of Education Showdown Looms Monday

September 11th, 2016 · 29 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

UPDATE: meeting cancelled. The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night and presumably take up the “Board member vacancy election,” according to the agenda, to fill the term of State Rep. Andre Baker who was elected as a Democrat in 2013. The leading Democratic candidates to fill the spot appear to be former State […]

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Mayor Selects Annette Negron To Fill School Board Vacancy, Will It Be Challenged?

July 27th, 2016 · 46 Comments · City Politics, Education, News and Events

Update: Board of Education member Maria Pereira had raised questions in the comments section about back taxes on a Jane Street property owned by Annette Negron. Negron told OIB on Wednesday that she had paid off the back taxes that had been sold to a tax lien company prior to her joining the school board. She […]

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Filling A School Board Vacancy Should Not Be Complex

June 25th, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education, News and Events

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night to address development of policy to fill a vacancy. There’s been much hullabaloo over filling the seat vacated by Dave Hennesssey, from what political party may replace it, to the time line required, to the appointing body if the time line is not met. Phil […]

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Council Committees To Take Up Poop Deal With Trumbull, Smith Urges Public Input

May 12th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

UPDATE: Meeting cancelled for lack of quorum. A special meeting of the City Council’s joint committee on Miscellaneous Matters and Contracts that was scheduled to take place at 6 tonight (Thursday) to review a proposed settlement of a lawsuit regarding the Town of Trumbull’s user fee arrangement with Bridgeport’s Water Pollution Control Authority has been […]

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Smith: Replacing Bagley On School Board Should Not Be Limited To Working Families Party Affiliation

November 3rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · Education

Phil Smith, long-time Republican and student of the City Charter from his days leading charter revision efforts, shares his take on the process to replace John Bagley who resigned from the Board of Education Oct. 15. Bagley won a school board seat running on the Connecticut Working Families Party line as a registered Democrat. From […]

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Save Trees, Mayor Receives Financial Reporting Suggestions

August 19th, 2014 · 7 Comments · City Budget, City Council

City fiscal observers John Marshall Lee and Phil Smith, in a letter to Mayor Bill Finch, offer suggestions for streamlining financial reports so “The Council and public can better see what is happening by reading notes and observing variances in a format that will allow them to monitor the report monthly as their Agenda declares. […]

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Is The Solar Field Proposal For Seaside Park A Sweetheart Deal For UI?

February 21st, 2014 · 20 Comments · Development and Zoning

Longtime Bridgeport resident Phil Smith, who directed several voter-approved revisions to the City Charter including strengthening the Parks Commissions authority, writes the city’s proposed agreement with United Illuminating to place a solar field at Seaside Park looks good on the surface, but when you break down what it means to the city financially and logistically […]

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