Several names are floating as possible replacements for Bob Curwen who announced Monday night his resignation from the City Council representing the city’s Upper East Side. Curwen must officially submit his resignation to election officials, but that appears to be a formality as pols poise themselves as a replacement.
Several sources say the names out there for consideration include long-time 138th District Leader and city employee Martha Santiago, former City Councilman Mike Marella and even Curwen’s son. Marella, the veteran executive director of the Bridgeport Police Activities League, served on the council for many years. As a member of the council he jump-started the idea for a professional baseball team in the city that became the genesis for the Bridgeport Bluefish.
He has strong relationships with several members of the council as well as Mayor Bill Finch. Marella is apparently attempting to relocate back to the city after moving out several years ago.
Curwen, who served for more than 10 years as co-chair of the council’s budget committee, announced his departure from the council citing family health reasons. His replacement on the budget committee to serve with councilman Angel DePara will be named by City Council President Tom McCarthy. The full council will select Curwen’s replacement.