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General Lee: What About Taxpayer Money?

August 10th, 2015 · 14 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

City fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee, pounding the pavement as a Democratic City Council candidate in the 130th District that covers Black Rock and a portion of the West End, wonders why there’s so little chatter about city finances? From Lee: Election year excitement abounds. Public safety issues cause fear in some parts of the […]

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Gardner Tends To Minimum Budget Requirement Controversy

April 29th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Politics, Education

Democratic mayoral candidate Howard Gardner, a member of the Board of Education, asserts the city’s pulling a dipsy doodle when it comes to financially meeting the state-mandated Minimum Budget Requirement. This commentary also appears in the CT Post. From Gardner: Someone recently shared this saying with me, “In God we trust, everybody else must have […]

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General Lee Marches Through Budget Proposal

April 14th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

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 […]

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Lopez: City Councilors ‘Prisoners In The Cave Of Comfortable Ignorance’

August 12th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Council, City Politics, Education, News and Events

In a commentary first published by the Connecticut Post, retired Superior Court Judge and Bridgeport resident Carmen Lopez takes aim at the “obedient employees on the Council to march on command and follow orders” during a meeting of the City Council’s Education Committee. Check it out: Take an introductory course in philosophy at any university […]

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The Quest For A Real Finance Board

April 24th, 2014 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, News and Events

The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Thursday night conducted a public hearing on Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed spending plan. The city’s legislative body also functions as the budget authority. Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee advanced his public hearing remarks to OIB. Last year I heard Council President Tom McCarthy in words similar to […]

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Budget Time In The City, Finch’s Reelection Challenge

March 31st, 2014 · 28 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, City Politics

Mayor Bill Finch and city bean counters are putting the finishing touches on a spending plan for submission to the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting April 7. That’s when co-chairs Sue Brannelly and Mike Marella, and other members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, engage the next two months reviewing the budget, […]

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General Lee Navigates City Finance Forest

February 5th, 2014 · 5 Comments · City Budget, City Council

Fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee addressed the Bridgeport City Council Monday night questioning city auditing procedures. His comments follow: First I wish to note a very special document. It is a monthly financial report for the month of June 2013. It is marked final. That means that it is issued based on audited records. This […]

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Legislative Branch In Conflict, Torres Seeks Answers On The Powers Of City Council

January 28th, 2014 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, News and Events

Republican City Councilman Rick Torres asks a lot of questions. Asking questions can be an uncomfortable process, both for the pitcher and catcher. Uncomfortable for the pitcher because prying an answer from City Attorney Mark Anastasi can be an exercise in pretzel logic. It’s called Anastasi-speak. But it can also be uncomfortable for Anastasi because […]

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