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Entries Tagged as 'Rick Torres'

Council Committee Fries Mayor’s Chicken Ordinance

April 23rd, 2014 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

By a 3-2 vote, the City Council’s Ordinance Committee on Tuesday plucked Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal to permit and regulate the raising of up to six chickens. Council members Lydia Martinez and Rick Torres (who says Rick’s too chicken to vote with the mayor?) voted in support of the ordinance. In general, ordinances defeated in […]

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Fabrizi Versus Finch–Can Fabs Raise The Money For A Comeback?

March 24th, 2014 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, Education

John Fabrizi and Bill Finch  are quintessential city politicians in the right place at the right time. Fabs, the City Council president, replaced Joe Ganim as mayor when Joe resigned in April of 2003 following his conviction on federal corruption charges. Finch, the state senator, succeeded Fabs as mayor when Democratic party operatives feared Fabs […]

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City Council Approves Solar Project

March 19th, 2014 · 41 Comments · City Council, Development and Zoning, News and Events

In a 15 to 5 vote, the Bridgeport City Council Tuesday night approved Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal for construction of a solar energy project on the former municipal dump in the west end of Seaside Park. The 20-year agreement with United Illuminating calls for 9,000 solar panels city officials say will power thousands of homes through […]

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Rick Torres: Call Me Enrique, Please

March 12th, 2014 · 56 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Ricky don’t lose that name! Lightning rod Black Rock City Councilman Rick Torres tells the CT Post’s Brian Lockhart ”I would like to be called Enrique from now on. I don’t expect people to do that overnight. That’s kind of hard to do.” Torres says part of the reason for the new identity is grounded in […]

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National Geographic Covers Seaside Park Solar Panel Debate

March 8th, 2014 · 36 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

In a story titled Fight Over Solar in Bridgeport: Two Types of Environmentalism Collide, the National Geographic’s Jackson Kuhl examines the pros and cons of constructing thousands of solar panels on the old dump in Seaside Park.

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Parks Board Reconsiders, Approves Solar Panels On Former Dump

March 4th, 2014 · 35 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

What a difference two weeks make. On February 17, the Parks Commission voted unanimously to reject Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal to construct thousands of solar panels on the old dump at Seaside Park. Monday night they had a change of heart unanimously approving a 20-year partnership with United Illuminating. The lease arrangement now goes to […]

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What’s Appropriate Use For Former Landfill? Solar Panels, Manufacturing Plant, Luxury Condos?

March 3rd, 2014 · 15 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

The city’s Parks Commission tonight (Monday) at 6:30 is scheduled to take a second vote on Mayor Bill Finch’s proposal to construct solar panels on the old dump at Seaside Park. The board unanimously rejected the plan two weeks ago, but a second meeting and vote has been called to win approval. Black Rock City […]

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