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‘It Will Be Harlem In The 1960s’–The Battle To Preserve The 1,500 Foot Booze Rule

January 19th, 2016 · 24 Comments · Development and Zoning

Rich Augustynowicz, owner of Discount Wines & Liquors of Bridgeport on Wood Avenue, is leading the charge against a petition by land use attorney Chuck Willinger for the Planning & Zoning Commission to reduce the 1,500 foot rule prohibiting the sale of alcohol near a house of worship, school, daycare center or another package store. […]

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Happy New Year! Judge Radcliffe Rules Political ‘Fix Was In’ Shuts Down Liquor Store, ‘Parade Of Preening Politicians’

January 2nd, 2016 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning

Update includes full decision. When it comes to Bridgeport politics, Superior Court Judge Dale Radcliffe has a healthy dose of skepticism and he did not hold back in a “fix was in” decision Wednesday castigating political influence that approved an application for a package store opponents argued violated state law including former Republican State Senator […]

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Crunch Time! One Week Left To Election, Sizing Up Ganim, Foster, Torres

October 26th, 2015 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim carries a refrain inside his head that goes something like this, “I’ve come too far, I’ve come too far.” Ganim won the Democratic primary in historic fashion, knocking off an incumbent mayor. He danced on a table, followers exploded with joy both in praise of Ganim’s comeback and with glee that he had […]

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Russo Predicts Sobering Legal Outcome For Liquor Store

May 24th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

Just inside the Bridgeport line, across the street from a Fairfield restaurant owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, the Zoning Board of Appeals has approved an application for a package store that opponents argue violates state law. The applicant hired Bridgeport land use guru Chuck Willinger to make the presentation to the ZBA. One […]

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What? No AB-racadabra (Not Yet, Anway)

February 3rd, 2015 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Three weeks before the February 24 special election for State Senate, not one official absentee ballot has been returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. What’s going on around here in the land of absentee ballot magicians?

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Dreher Wins Spot On Republican Line For State Senate

January 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment · News and Events, State Politics

A paperwork processing glitch that had denied Republican Quentin Dreher a ballot spot for the February 24th special election for State Senate was rescued Friday by a court action filed by former Republican State Senator Rob Russo and approved by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis.

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Torres Will Enter Special Election To Fill Grogins’ State House Seat

January 5th, 2015 · 26 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Republican City Councilman Enrique Torres says he will be a candidate for the special election to replace State Rep. Auden Grogins, setting up another confrontation between Torres and the man he defeated for City Council in 2013, Democrat Steve Stafstrom. Others may get into the race. Grogins is departing for a state judgeship appointment by […]

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New Faces Join Legislative Delegation, Moore, Rosario, Baker

November 10th, 2014 · 27 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

When the Connecticut General Assembly convenes for a long budget session in January, Bridgeport will feature three new faces in its eight-member legislative delegation, all Democrats. Delegation maneuvering and influence determines how much moolah floods Bridgeport from Hartford.

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