Where Does School Board Member Chris Taylor Live? Fairfield, According To His Bailed-Out Father’s Lawyer–City Orders “Cease And Desist”

School board member Chris Taylor’s running out of arguments to contend he’s a bona fide resident of Bridgeport, even in a prohibited industrial zoned area. Taylor has posted a $2 million bond via a bail bondsman to free his jailed father James Taylor accused of killing his ex-wife. The elder Taylor has been released to live with his son on Bronson Road in Fairfield. Yes, another OIB moment.

It’s been a long strange trip into Taylor’s residency. For background see here. Elected officials must reside in the respective community/district they serve. Bridgeport inspection officials, following up on complaints filed by school board member Maria Pereira, have visited Taylor’s so-called Bridgeport residence in an East End industrial zone.

In response to an OIB Freedom of Information request the city on Tuesday produced findings from the Fire Marshal’s Office and Zoning Department that Taylor has been ordered to “cease and desist” utilizing his business address on Davenport Street as a residence.

(More to come)

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

Accused killer James Taylor was being released Tuesday to live with his son, Bridgeport Board of Education member Chris Taylor–in Fairfield.

Following a hearing Tuesday morning, Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin allowed the 75-year-old Taylor to post his $2 million bond on the condition that he live at his son’s Bronson Road home under house arrest.

The order adds to the controversy over where Chris Taylor actually lives. For the purposes of continuing to serve on the Board of Education, he has insisted he lives in a makeshift apartment on property he owns on Davenport Street in Bridgeport. To support this, he even gave a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter a tour of what he said were his living quarters there.

But James Taylor’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Jared Millbrandt, told Judge Devlin on Tuesday that Chris Taylor lives at the Bronson Road address in Fairfield and that his client would be living there as well when released on bond.

Full story here.

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  1. Can you see it coming?? The big press conference headed by the mayor, the DTC chairman, various members of the common council, a spokesman from Dunn’s office, Ed Adams’s office of ethics in city government and many other city employees and officials?
    You know, they’ll all address the public on how they never knew that Taylor WAS NOT a resident of Bridgeport and how they are incensed that this mistake of placing him on the BOE has happened…… and how they will never ever allow such an occurrence to happen again, for any position.
    What, no announcements? I guess I should have known better, after all, it is Bridgeport.

  2. Can someone please explain how Chris Taylor, a convicted felon, has a gun permit?

    Chris Taylor is a complete joke.

    Mayor Ganim and his Communications Director Rowrna White are purposefully obstructing the public’s right to know by violating the FOIA by refusing to release the Fire Marashall and Zonung Inspection Reports.

    The corrupt Mayor Ganim and henchmen are actively trying to protect southport resident Chris Taylor.

    Shouldn’t their loyalty be to the residents of Bridgeport?

  3. Joe can’t comment on this,if he does,it will open up a can of worms about residency amongst his staff..This will follow the Ganim way..”No one comment on this and let’s hope it goes away”

  4. Another criminal holding public office in Bridgeport. First it was Little Joe Ganim, the crown prince of Don Mario, the little turd that took bribes. Then there was Ernie “Moses of my people” Newton, another bribe receiver and a tax cheat to boot. And we have Tony Barr, a thug that served twenty years for shooting at a police officer with a semiautomatic weapon. (Dennis Bradley’s pretty boy image does not hide the slime.) Now we have Chris Taylor, a convicted felon, serving on the BOE. Only problem with that lives with mama in Southport. That disqualifies him from voting or holding public office in Bridgeport. All of these men are convicted CRIMINALS, felons that have been redeemed by the criminal justice system. They have been rehabilitated. They have been CORRECTED. They have the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Pushing a broom and emptying waste baskets in municipal buildings is fine but none of them should be allowed to hold public office. Ganim has been judged to possess the moral character to practice law, for Christ’s sake.

    1. Correction: “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”
      “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”
      “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”
      “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”
      “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”
      “Gamin DOES NOT possess the moral character to practice law.”

  5. Chris Taylor NEEDS TO RESIGN from the BOE. I am surprised GanimTesta has allowed this farce to continue as long as it has. First of all,Chris Taylor has been a completely ineffective member of the BOE. The new information concerning the bail for Chris Taylor’s father shows that Chris Taylor’s residency claims are bogus and NOT ONE WORD from him can be relied upon the fact. CHRIS TAYLOR MUST GO. NOW!!!!

  6. If Chris Taylor lied about where he lived, did he register to vote in Bridgeport and if he did indeed vote in Bridgeport would that be against the law? Rich or Harvey help me out.

  7. This situation has more serious undercurrents than anything else involving Bridgeport city government at the present time — save the compromised condition of the BPD/Police Commission and the toxic status of their public relations aspect…

    The type of situation involving Chris Taylor and his residency status, per the implications of property-ownership status and criminal bonding commitments involving that property and the property assets of other individuals affected by heinous crimes allegedly involving his father, could actually place high-level Bridgeport city officials in legal jeopardy, per considerations of their oversight responsibilities for residency/criminal status of elected/appointed city officials and any irregularities involved thereof.

    The “trouble” the Chis Taylor situation brings to Bridgeport could travel uphill all the way to City Hall, and indeed could have serious implications regarding the upcoming mayoral election. It is the depraved stuff of TV movie specials and crime-documentary series. Things that won’t help Bridgeport’s reputation as it tries to regain economic traction in a context of pride and respectability.

    Chris Taylor should resign from the BOE immediately, even as he disappears from these environs while the top politicians “velcroed” to his situation run for cover…

    1. Jeff, you have it 100% right when you said, “This situation has more serious undercurrents than anything else involving Bridgeport city government at the present time — save the compromised condition of the BPD/Police Commission and the toxic status of their public relations aspect…” The silence is deafening from Mayor Ganim, City Council President Aidee Nieves, the 139th district council members Eneida Martinez and Ernie Newton whose district is where Chris Taylor resides, the Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala to what you wrote Jeff, “The type of situation involving Chris Taylor and his residency status, per the implications of property-ownership status and criminal bonding commitments involving that property and the property assets of other individuals affected by heinous crimes allegedly involving his father, could actually place high-level Bridgeport city officials in legal jeopardy, per considerations of their oversight responsibilities for residency/criminal status of elected/appointed city officials and any irregularities involved thereof.”

  8. Chris Taylor has been registered to vote at three different addresses since 2015. He has repeatedly voted at Madison and Dunbar School. I submitted a variety of soft sheets to the SEEC showing Chris Taylor as checked off as voting.

    It is absolutely against the law to vote or serve as an elected official in a municipality where you do not truly reside.

    1. Exactly. Mayor Ganim, Republican Chair Mike Garret and BOE Chair John Weldon have been silent.

      Would this ever happen in Fairfield, Trumbull,Monroe, etc.?

  9. Chris Taylor showed up tonight for a Special Meeting without so much as a copy of the agenda. He left in the middle of the meeting. Just got up and walked out.

  10. Chris Taylor’s mom owns 270 Bronson Road. A foreclosure was filed in 2016 in which Chris Taylor employed every delay tactic possible. In August 2018, the presiding judge allowed the foreclosure. In January the judge filed some final documents and then Black/Taylor filed additional delay motions.

    A second firm filed an appearance on behalf of the bank. I thought it was a back-up law firm. Guess what. It turns out it is a professional eviction firm.

    If you drive by 270 Bronson Rd., there are two large storage pods on the property.

    Yet Chris Taylor’s lawyer told Judge Devlin that his father would be residing at 270 Bronson Road with Chris Taylor.

    The hearing was called on such short notice I don’t think the prosecutor had time to research that 270 Bronson Rd. was foreclosed on and that Chris Taylor, his mom, fiancee and her kids are in the process of being evicted.

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