It’s budget season in Connecticut’s largest city, and fiscal hawk John Marshal Lee raises a whole bunch of questions as the City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee examines Mayor Bill Finch’s spending plan. From Lee: Council members and representatives of City governance present for the 2015-16 process, thank you for scheduling three hearings for this […]
Entries Tagged as 'Tom McCarthy'
April 14th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events
April 7th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events
Mayor Bill Finch has submitted an election-year budget to the City Council that holds the line on taxes in a spending plan of $532 million that promises no layoffs. Finch says a modest increase in the grand list of taxable property will hold the proposed mil rate at the current level of 42.19 despite total […]
April 4th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, News and Events
Former City Councilman Tom White provides insight into conflicts that arise with city employees serving on the budget and legislative body. He had served as council staff support but, as he writes, “I stuck my neck out and did what I thought was right by expressing concerns which may be labeled as misappropriation of funds.” […]
March 27th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events, State Politics
Eastern Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten promised to kill a government reform bill on behalf of her union cronies and so far she has prevailed. The General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee did not meet the deadline to vote on conflict-of-interest legislation to enforce the Bridgeport City Charter prohibiting city employee councilors. As a result […]
March 25th, 2015 · 15 Comments · News and Events
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst pulls no punches in this commentary in support of a state government reform bill to enforce the City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council. In the commentary Herbst criticizes city and state officials and the municipal lobbying arm Connecticut Conference of Municipalities for promoting conflicts of […]
March 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Education, News and Events
Mayor Bill Finch on Saturday was joined by state and city officials, community leaders and parents for the grand opening of the renovated Black Rock Elementary School that includes a dedicated bus drop-off, new pre-k and 1st grade classrooms, a new multipurpose room and outdoor play area, and administrative offices.
March 19th, 2015 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics
City Council President Tom McCarthy has placed Mayor Bill Finch in a pickle. McCarthy serves at the pleasure of the mayor as deputy director of Labor Relations while filling the dual role as head of the city’s budget and legislative body in defiance of the City Charter. How can Finch take the high road asserting […]
March 13th, 2015 · 15 Comments · City Politics, News and Events, State Politics
How deep do tentacles run to kill a government reform bill? That’s what former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh wants to know in a freedom of information request to City Attorney Mark Anastasi whose dubious legal opinion allows city employees to serve on the City Council in defiance of the voter-approved City Charter.