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The Times Are Changing

November 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Where did eight years go for Bill Finch? And where did 12 years go for Joe Ganim? Strange as it seems, in one week Finch ends his mayoralty and Ganim commences a historic encore albeit a resumption from 2003. When Ganim receives the oath of office Dec. 1, he will tack on to his standing as […]

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Ganim Channels McLevy History As He Assembles Pieces For New Mayoralty

November 13th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, City Politics

Life is a gigantic swirl for Mayor-elect Joe Ganim whose comeback has gained national attention. He’s fielding interview requests, finalizing a transition team, pondering inner-office appointments and department head positions. What’s certain right now is he will receive the oath of office on the evening of December 1 outdoors on McLevy Green, named for the […]

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The Pleasure Beach Experience, Bamboo Pole, Minnow On Hook, Bobber And Snapper Blues

June 24th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment

No one really knows if this experiment to reopen Pleasure Beach on Saturday will be successful. This effort by the city is certainly a leap of faith that hopefully will work out. But there’s nothing like bridging the present with nostalgia. The memories … oh the memories of Pleasure Beach. For me, Pleasure Beach was […]

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No Pleasure From UI In Beach Revival, Plus: Pleasure Beach History

July 13th, 2013 · 37 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post: The view of the starry Long Island Sound sky is surely beautiful from the long-isolated shores of Pleasure Beach peninsula. And if a dispute over hooking up electricity for the reopened attraction isn’t settled, stars could be visitors’ only illumination.

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Finch Marks Five Years As Mayor–How’s He Doing?

November 24th, 2012 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Development and Zoning, Education, Law Enforcement

Can you believe it? Bill Finch has been mayor of the state’s most populous city for five years. He won a close Democratic primary over Chris Caruso in September 2007 then easily won the general election in November 2007. He was tested again in a primary in 2011 by University of Bridgeport Vice President Mary-Jane […]

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67,689 Registered Voters–How Many Will Show Up?

November 7th, 2011 · 66 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Mayor Bill Finch is poised on Tuesday to make Bridgeport history, albeit recent history, as the first to win consecutive four-year terms for mayor. In 1998 voters approved a charter referendum four-year term for mayor, city clerk and town clerk. Joe Ganim, the first to win a four-year term for mayor in 1999, was forced […]

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Len Mainiero Brought Banking Close To Home

July 10th, 2011 · 2 Comments · News and Events

Leonard Mainiero wasn’t a banker from Bridgeport. He was a Bridgeport banker. He spent a professional lifetime bringing banking closer to home, visiting city neighborhoods to encourage banking opportunities for African Americans and Latinos. It was good for business. It was good for the community. Mainiero passed away a few days ago. He was 82. […]

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Happy Birthday Phineas—Who’s Your Favorite Mayor? (Or Not)

July 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments · City Politics

Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on this day 200 years ago in Bethel, Connecticut. Bridgeport became his adopted city. Barnum’s brother, who ran a Bridgeport hotel, introduced him to little Charles Stratton and P.T. would parade him as Tom Thumb. Barnum loved Bridgeport and showered it with all kinds of stuff. Seaside Park, Victorian housing, spearhead for industrial […]

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