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 […]
Entries Tagged as 'Tom Bucci'
August 2nd, 2016 · 73 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
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 […]
‘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.
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 […]
June 29th, 2016 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council
When Mayor Joe Ganim and city bean counters crafted a budget in the spring that was eventually approved by the City Council for the spending year starting July 1 it assumed $4 million in union concessions. Mayor Joe’s an experienced negotiator, better than most sitting on the other side of the table. Okay, he told […]
The Chase Is Over For Billy, Former City Police Officer Dies Tragically, Ex-fiancée Fights For Life After Shooting
June 21st, 2016 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events
Former Bridgeport Police Detective Billy Chase, who went where few undercover cops had gone before infiltrating dangerous drug organizations that wreaked havoc on city neighborhoods during a period of historic violent crime from the mid 1980s into the early 1990s died Monday night following a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head Thursday after he shot […]
June 19th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Law Enforcement, News and Events
Billy Chase talked often about getting his life back, but he never really knew what that meant.
April 5th, 2016 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, News and Events
As a young music teacher in 1981, Ernie Newton was elected to the City Council and then named president of the legislative body by his peers. Back in the day, rather than the City Council, something called the Board of Apportionment and Taxation was tasked with reviewing the budget and setting a tax rate. Newton […]