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 […]
Entries Tagged as 'Phil Smith'
November 8th, 2013 · 55 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education
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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 […]
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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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 […]
February 8th, 2012 · 32 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council
The newly empaneled Charter Revision Commission begins its regular meetings this week examining a host of city issues that may be shaped in the form of a question for city voters to decide, presumably in the November general election. Should the question of compensating City Council members be placed on the ballot?
February 2nd, 2012 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics
Phil Smith knows more about the charter revision process in Bridgeport than anyone on the planet. It was Smith who crafted the charter question approved by voters more than 20 years ago that established the hiring process for the police and fire chiefs: they can serve no longer than two five-year contracts. The other night Smith cranked […]
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