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Entries Tagged as 'Sam Tedesco'

Gilberto Hernandez, Political Leader, City Councilman And Mayoral Aide

December 30th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events

Whatever occurred in Democratic politics in the city the past 50 years, East Side District Leader Gilberto Hernandez was always a player at the table. We worked together as administrative aides to Mayor Tom Bucci in the mid 1980s. Alcalde is mayor in Spanish and what few know is that Gil nearly became Alcalde in […]

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The Real D’Elia–Globe-Trotting Journalist Chronicles Maestro Pappano’s Bridgeport Roots

October 7th, 2017 · 6 Comments · News and Events

Travel journalist Valarie D’Elia, who worked at WICC and News 12, has roots in Bridgeport. And so too the subject of her upcoming PBS feature on renowned conductor Antonio Pappano who lived in Bridgeport during his youth and musical training years. Pappano is the music director of the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in London as well […]

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Ganim’s 12 Years As Mayor Only Half Of Jasper McLevy’s Service

December 4th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim has tacked on another year to his run as the city’s second-longest-serving mayor. Even so, he’s still only served about half the 24-year run by Socialist Jasper McLevy, 1933-57. Yes, Bridgeport had a Socialist mayor who was really more of a reformer who stood on street corners for 20 years railing against the […]

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The Times Are Changing

November 23rd, 2015 · 5 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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