Are you sick of me harping about sludge, sewers, effluent, toilets, separation systems? I better stop before you all flush me into the Pequonnock River.
At some point the regional sewage proposal will reach the City Council and won’t that be fun. You know, the council meets Monday night and I’ve been thinking (yes, once in a while I’m capable of that) we haven’t had a decent battle royal at what former council member Tom Mulligan characterized as “The Monday Night Fights.”
Yeah, I’m talking the days when Chris Caruso called Ernie Newton a snake, and Ed Gomes called Caruso a fat slug and Lisa Parziale termed that characterization an insult to slugs. And every time the jobless Caruso railed about a new city position there was Bernie Katz, the master of the rejoinder, chiming hey Chris, that would be a good job for you!
Bob Troll Walsh frothed into City Council President Tom McCarthy’s face with a firm spray last year. But Big Mac isn’t the kind of guy that would roll around the floor with the Troll. Maybe Jim Holloway? Hide the whiskey bottles.
How about the Connecticut Legislature? Any good fights up there? Caruso and Gomes after all are now up there. Maybe we can persuade them to turn the clock back 20 years. That would be a pretty good belly-bumping match.
Speaking of the legislature what do you think about bringing back the tolls? In 1983 some guy named Klutz drove his tractor-trailer into the Stratford toll booth. What a mess and loss of life. Governor Bill O’Neill said that’s enough. No more tolls.
Now it appears they could be back. Where do you put them? Why don’t we threaten to stick them in front of the two casinos to reopen that slot compact. Aren’t you glad I’m not running the state? Countdown, please save me from myself.
Hey, did ya catch the moolah that Congressman Jim Himes announced for the city the other day: $2.85 million for the Bridgeport transportation center, $1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach water taxi service. (I want that job.) And $500K for the Lighthouse Program.
Can you believe it? OIB will be one year old on March 12. Yeah, time for an anniversary party. We’re doing this the Bridgeport way, bypassing the bidding process. Danny Roach, proprietor of Matty’s Corner at Fairfield Avenue and Brewster Street in Black Rock, is throwing his doors open for us that Thursday night at 6 p.m. Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives (does this sound like a stump speech?) to join us March 12. We’ll spread some rumors, figure things out, lift a cocktail or two and Danny’s gonna throw us a spread. Yes, that’s right, free food. Don’t tell the Democratic Town Committee!
Everyone’s invited. I’m gonna see if the mayor is free that night to join us. That scream you just heard was the mayor saying, Lennie, leave me alone. Okay, Cecil Young and his bullhorn are not invited.
Thanks to you, OIB enjoys thousands of visitors. When I started this thing who knew? Not me. Let’s try it and see what happens. Well, now you’re stuck with me. So thanks, everyone.
News release from Mayor Finch and Congressman Himes
Himes, Finch Announce First Distribution of Recovery Funds
$7.9 M in grants address housing crisis, prevent homelessness
WASHINGTON, DC -Congressman Jim Himes and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch today announced three grants totaling $7,933,312 will help prevent homelessness and provide affordable housing and economic opportunity in Bridgeport. This first influx of Recovery funding comes the week after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.
“These funds are vital to the City’s ongoing efforts to create affordable housing and provide the necessary public services to those who need it the most – those who have lost their homes or are on the brink, “said Mayor Finch. “We are very thankful for the attention paid to this extremely important funding stream by our Congressman, Jim Himes.”
Congressman Himes will be working with local government officials to ensure that this economic recovery funding gets to southwestern Connecticut.
“The Recovery Act is already addressing some of our most severe challenges,” said Congressman Himes. “Just two weeks after I voted for the Recovery Act, we’re already seeing investment in Stamford that will help keep families in their homes-one of the most important steps we must take to turn our economy around.”
Specifically, the grants for Bridgeport include $1,351,004 from the Homeless Prevention Fund (HPF), $883,094 for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and $5,699,214 in Section 9 funding. The CDBG will give priority to projects that will begin within 120 days of the grant award and will focus on projects to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide decent affordable housing, and create economic opportunities. The HPF money will target individuals who are on the brink of homelessness with support for a range of assistance including help with security or utility deposits, moving costs, and short-term rental assistance. The Section 9 funding comes in the form of a capital fund award which will increase resources available for investment and management activities for public housing, including the modernization and development of new homes.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced that by April 1st, 95% of Americans will see their paychecks increase because of the Making Work Pay tax cut in the Recovery Act. Withholding taxes are set to decrease by April 1st