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Tom White Speaks Out About City Council President Tom McCarthy’s Hypocrisy On Municipal Layoffs

March 21st, 2016 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

City Council President Tom McCarthy told CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart the Ganim administration is “making personnel decisions that are highly concerning, and I fear that the city may be dealing with significant legal issues down the road.” Big Mac has experience in this area, he did the same thing on Mayor Bill Finch’s behalf […]

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Debating Demographic Makeup Of Uniformed Services, Day, Mackey and Dunn Air Out Positions

March 9th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Civil Service, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

Retired African American city firefighters Donald Day and Ron Mackey, both of whom took on City Hall to increase the hiring of minorities and females in the department in the 1980s and 1990s, assert in this joint commentary the city’s testing policy has set back the demographic makeup of uniform services. Civil Service Personnel Director David […]

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Shining Sunlight On Moonlight

December 17th, 2014 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment

Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy takes a hose to city employees, he says, are moonlighting financially. Fardy commentary: Every time you think someone in the Finch administration can’t screw up any more than they already have … they up and surprise you again.

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Whoa! Finch Lawyers Rolling In Loot–Foster Claims “Pay To Play Back In Business”

May 27th, 2011 · 62 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education

A freedom of information request to the city by Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster reveals a bunch of lawyers financing Mayor Bill Finch’s reelection making small fortunes since the mayor assumed office including Bill Beccaro who controls a political action committee aligned with the mayor. Beccaro has made more than $250K from city taxpayers since the mayor assumed office […]

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Foster Issues FOI Request–Who’s Getting Paid?

March 3rd, 2011 · 70 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Mary-Jane Foster, an exploratory candidate for mayor, wants to know how much taxpayer dough has been spent on outside legal fees since Bill Finch has been mayor. It’s a lot. But it’s not something hizzoner shares on his daily Twitter feeds. Wouldn’t that be nice? My guess is millions. Who’s being paid? How much? Any of these lawyers […]

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2010 Top Stories, What Say You?

December 29th, 2010 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events, State Politics

What’s on your list of top Bridgeport stories? In June, a tornado struck buildings on the East Side and downtown including heavy damage to the Barnum Museum. On July 24 two city firefighters perished in the line of duty. On Oct. 30, President Obama visited the Arena at Harbor Yard to campaign for Democratic candidates. Three […]

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Do Results Match Finch’s Rhetoric

August 23rd, 2010 · 36 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Politics, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, Library

“Together we are making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest, safest most affordable city, with schools and neighborhoods that improve each year” … Mayor Bill Finch Like it or not everything Mayor Bill Finch does within the next year will be measured against the declaration above that he includes on just about every news release, statement, correspondence, […]

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Jacobs’ Rich, Ned’s Bridgeport Pitch, And Dick’s Barack Ditch

February 17th, 2010 · 14 Comments · City Council, Civil Service, Development and Zoning, State Politics

The City Council approved a financial termination agreement Tuesday night hammered out by city lawyers and former Mayor Tom Bucci who represented ousted Civil Service Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs. Jacobs will receive $155,000, $90k within 10 days, followed by another $65k next January. Bucci will receive $15,000 in legal fees and Jacobs gets another $8,000 […]

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