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Entries Tagged as 'Tom Sherwood'

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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Former Mayor Tom Bucci’s Kiddie Korps Gang Rides Again

January 2nd, 2014 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

It’s hard to believe nearly 25 years after Tom Bucci served his last day as mayor, a dozen friends and members from his mayoral staff gather each December between Christmas and the New Year to reminisce, needle, pontificate, argue, compare crow’s feet, laugh lines, hairlines and waistlines. This is a crew with a sense of […]

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Driveway To Manny’s Mansion Tops Among Stories For May/June 2013

December 30th, 2013 · 2 Comments · City Budget, City Council, Cops, Development and Zoning, Education, News and Events

We learned in June in a story published by the Connecticut Post, the city paid controversial developer Manny Moutinho $400,000 to improve his own Stratford waterfront property as part of an airport safety project. There’s still gravel to unravel in this story. Other headliners from May and June:

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The Thorny Union Concession Process

December 16th, 2013 · 16 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council

Nearly halfway through the budget year and the city is still trying to achieve the $2 million in employee concessions the City Council plugged into the budget in an effort to reduce Mayor Bill Finch’s proposed tax increase. Reluctant unionized employees say they’ve already given back plenty for previous budgets. Mayoral staffers say they’ve taken […]

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