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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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The Political Landscape Following General Election Poses Intrigue

November 8th, 2013 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education

For eternal optimists in politics there was something positive to take away on a number of levels from Tuesday’s general election. The Connecticut Working Families Party won coalition control of the school board, beleaguered Republicans grabbed a school board seat and a City Council seat after shut out from meaningful elections for years and a […]

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Smith: Hiring Of Airport Manager Flies In The Face Of City Charter

September 26th, 2013 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Bridgeport resident Phil Smith, a student of the Bridgeport City Charter, files this commentary about the recent hiring of Pauline Mize as acting manager of the city-owned airport. Years ago Smith directed proposed changes to the City Charter presented to voters. We appear to be well on the road to another controversy at Sikorsky Memorial […]

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Smith: Charter Revision Document Flawed

May 28th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Education

Some towns play political softball, other towns play hardball … in Bridgeport they play hand grenades.–Philip Smith Phil Smith knows a lot about city politics. He also knows much about the city charter and charter revisions. He supervised several revisions that updated the charter. He is not serving the current Charter Revision Commission that is […]

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The Mayor’s New Voter Outreach

March 12th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

Three weeks from today (Monday), Mayor Bill Finch will present his proposed budget to the City Council that will likely include a tax increase. The next night April 3rd in City Council Chambers he will launch the first in a series of public meetings defending the budget and allowing citizen input. This is the first time […]

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