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City Police Officers Demoted In Racial Letter Case Oppose Discipline

November 22nd, 2016 · 4 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell and Captain Robert Sapiro will be demoted one rank in connection with the fabrication of a racially charged letter that has generated unrest in the Police Department dating back to the mayoral administration of Bill Finch. Blackwell is president of the Bridgeport Guardians minority police organization. His lawyer, former Mayor Tom Bucci who specializes […]

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Disciplinary Action To Be Announced In Racist Letter Case

November 8th, 2016 · 7 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events

The issue has been in the news for more than a year and has certainly frustrated a number of city police officers, but this week the city is expected to announce disciplinary action against Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell and another officer involving the fabrication of a racially charged letter that has generated unrest in the Police […]

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Hammers Supports Property Tax Cap, Financial Oversight Board For City

October 6th, 2016 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Republican State Senate candidate Elaine Hammers announced on Thursday if elected she will introduce legislation requiring municipalities to adhere to a property tax cap. She also announced her support for a financial oversight board for Bridgeport that has been raised by a number of residents of Black Rock who were hit hard by the July […]

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Worse In Hartford? Connecticut’s Bleeding Cities–Stafstrom: It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Worse Off … State Has Ignored Cities

August 29th, 2016 · 59 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events, State Politics

The mil rate in Bridgeport is 54. In Hartford it’s 74–ouch–by far the highest in the state. Mayor Joe Ganim’s spending plan approved by the City Council calls for $4 million in union concessions to balance the budget, some of which he has achieved. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s budget anticipates $15.5 million in municipal givebacks. […]

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The Crowd Roars For Tax Relief At City Council Meeting–Will It Matter?

August 2nd, 2016 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

Another cranky crowd–mostly from the highly taxed Black Rock neighborhood–packed City Council Chambers Monday night, four weeks after venting about tax increases, to once again remind members of the budget and legislative body they haven’t forgotten about the impact on their pocketbooks. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker received a standing ovation in his call […]

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Watchdog Group Ramps Up Citizen Participation For City Council Meeting

July 29th, 2016 · 127 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events

UPDATE: council agenda. The last time the full City Council met the day after July 4, it was fireworks. Angry residents jammed the council chambers (see video) to vent about their July 1 tax bills. It had been a long time since residents came out in force to air out their lungs. Was it a […]

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‘Stop Managing The City In A Hotel Room!’ The Day David Carson Brought Sanity To The Financial Review Board

July 28th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

What’s government life like with a financial oversight board? Here’s a glimpse from my book Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank. Carson had quite a flare-up with then State Treasurer Francisco Borges.

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Walker Makes Video Pitch For State-Created Financial Control Board

July 16th, 2016 · 41 Comments · City Budget, News and Events

David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General, has issued a video appeal for creation of a financial control board to oversee city finances. Such a process would require support of Governor Dan Malloy and the state legislature. Mayor Joe Ganim who opposes state financial oversight inherited a Bridgeport Financial Review Board upon his election in November […]

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