A campaign staffer for Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster has amended a complaint with the city Ethics Commission regarding Mayor Bill Finch’s relationship with a political action committee. In a news release the Foster campaign also declares that on Monday it “will file an amended complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission with new and shocking revelations.” From Foster:
Amended Ethics Complaint Filed Against Mayor; New Charges to Come Monday
Tom Kelly, a supporter of Democratic candidate for mayor Mary-Jane Foster, filed an amended complaint today with the City of Bridgeport Ethics Commission against Mayor Finch, Atty. William Beccaro, and the mayor’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood, and Wood’s wife, Kerri. The amended complaint requests the following:
1) An expedited probable cause hearing to be conducted prior to the primary on September 13, 2011, due to the nature of the complaint and the possibility that funds are still available to be funneled to the candidates and others at the discretion of Mr. Beccaro.
2) A media report (Connecticut Post, August 4, 2011 attached) indicates that Mr. Beccaro had his mother named as Committee Chair without her knowledge, further obfuscating the direct tie between him as City contractor and funds being given to his employer/boss Mayor Bill Finch, his wife Sonya Finch, Chief of Staff Adam Wood, and his wife, Kerri Wood.
3) That the Ethics Commission find that the City should immediately suspend the contract with Mr. Beccaro until a full probable cause and ethics hearing are conducted.
4) That the Ethics Commission establish rules and oversight of the City Attorney’s office and the manner in which it unilaterally hands out contracts as Mr. Beccaro’s hiring was approved solely by the city attorney with no bidding process.
Earlier this month, Kelly filed a complaint detailing numerous Code of Ethics violations resulting from conflicts of interest that exist between Mayor Finch and his outside legal counsel William Beccaro, who also happens to be both the treasurer of People for Excellence in Government, the mayor’s PAC, and the attorney to the Connecticut Senate Democrats. The complaint also outlined the improper financial benefit Mayor Finch, Beccaro, the mayor’s wife Sonya, the mayor’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood, and Wood’s wife, Kerri, have received from the PAC since 2007.
On Monday, the Foster campaign will file an amended complaint with the State Elections Enforcment Commission with new and shocking revelations.
Amended complaint: library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1105007951422-25/Ethics+Complaint+AMENDED+-+PAC+monies+-+FINAL.pdf
*** Bpt Ethics & SEEC have little bite and will do nothing but issue a written statement on protocol, then pass the buck! *** GOOD LUCK! ***
Aiu contraire, Mr. Mojo. The stink is getting too loud to ignore.
When is O&G going to be investigated?
They have been raping the BOE for years, overseeing projects that are done half-assed. And now Columbus school is nowhere near ready to open according to the CT Post … and the money is hemorrhaging into O&G’s pockets with no consequences.
How are we supposed to know when or if whoever is going to get investigated? You really expect some Federal Agent is going to blog on OIB because yahooy asked a question? You all the names you’ve called me.
Now what does this mean, Joel. “You all the names you’ve called me.” Is that a feeble, childlike and delusional attempt on your part to suggest I am similar to you in temperament and erratic behavioral nuances? I think not. And, furthermore, I would expect the FBI to consider anything I post as a possible basis for them to initiate an investigation.
A thought for the day … Can you imagine who they have locked up, Joel, if they allow people like you to walk freely?
Joel is far more mature than yahooy.
No. He isn’t.
I think all of the BOE vendors are shaking in their boots.
Lennie how about 2007 numbers from precincts?
That information is available in the archives, donj.
Bridgeport Kid no it is not, this was from Fairfield County Only in Bridgeport and it seems like they got rid of that article with the numbers.
Lennie–give the kid the numbers.
Give the freakin’ kid the numbers.
You bastard you.
Oh no, Grin Reaper! Lennie is going to the CT Post and demand an apology from Mary-Jane Foster’s ticket for this.
Who is surprised the man who became a national embarrassment when he chopped off one of his fingers for reasons none of us understands said something inappropriate? Not me. Mary-Jane Foster certainly didn’t see this coming, otherwise she would’ve never chosen Gonzalez to be a part of her slate. If she completely missed on Gonzalez, what else will she miss?
If you don’t understand, go to the comment section of the CT Post and read my response to comments there. I encourage everyone here to go to the comment section and read as Bill Finch decided to take material from OIB and pawn it to the CT Post. Times have ‘changed’ since 1994. Back then there was no Google, Wikipedia or webzines like OIB. The media (newpapers) print only a limited amount of the statements made by the characters in their story–that has changed. Most of the time what they write is incorrect. Let me give you one example. The CT Post and Lennie Grimaldi wrote I chopped off the tip of my finger. Look at the photo on the CT Post and look at my hand and tell me they correctly reported the facts. Mary-Jane Foster understands my passion, she does judge people like most of you folks do. I met Mary-Jane Foster when she came to the Bridgeport City Council’s Community Development Committee meeting back in the early 1990s when I was a City Councilman in the district where she wanted us to build the stadium for the Bridgeport Bluefish. One thing Mary-Jane Foster and I have in common is she walks the walk for what she believes. She invested her money and took a risk, like I invested a digit and took a risk.
Go to the CT Post comment section and get your information from the actual source.
Foster should assemble an ad hoc committee to address the state’s takeover of the BOE.
Okay, so Joel, THAT WAS FUNNY!
MJF will create that ad hoc committee and it will be called the Transition Team.
Joel may be a little out of control at times but there is no one I would rather have in a political foxhole than Joel. I served with him on the council, and although we didn’t always agree, his word was solid. When he committed on an issue, he was solid. You never doubted his word. You never doubted him selling out to someone else.
Joel is a hellava nice guy who works two jobs to support his family. You could do a lot worse than Joel. Now if he’d just learn to keep his freakin’ mouth shut! 🙂
Yeah we could do a lot worse. We could do a hell of a lot better too!!! Quit coddling this nut. We don’t have time to put up with emotional midgets when there is so much real work to do to restore Bridgeport to prosperity and prominence. Joel is an obstacle, not a solution. So is Tito.
Boohooy, immediately after the finger hit the steps of the Connecticut State Capitol, I was transported to Hartford Hospital. I was put in a room with a trooper on the front door and a nurse to assist and keep at watch on me. The protocol in self-mutilation cases, is to (ass)ume like you always do, the person has psychological issues. They kept me there for over eight (8) hours. All during this time, there were different surgeons (as I was told) coming into the room to talk to me. They asked all kinds of question like, why I did it? I answered all the questions. They did blood tests for drugs; they tried and tried to convince me to re-attach the finger and I refuse and told them why. The last “surgeon” who came to speak to me, again tried to convince me to allow them to re-attach the finger. I told him I was tired of waiting so long and if they didn’t start to stitch me up, I will walk out and stitch it myself.
“If I can cut it off myself, I can stitch myself,” I told the “surgeon.” It turned out none of them were surgeons. They were all psychiatrists who were trying to evaluate my mental state. I was certified ‘sane.’ Having said this, I’m putting you on notice, if you or anyone ever call me a nut or crazy for what I did to myself on March 8, 1994, I will have my attorney subpoena Lennie Grimaldi to reveal your real identity and I will sue you. Can you imagine the press this will generate and everybody knowing your real identity, the one you so much protect? As a matter of fact, I’m sleeping on this for as long as I wish. Since you are so fascinated with my “finger,” why don’t you go around and look for that little “bastard?” If you find him, tell him he has a daddy who is entitled to a “cut” from the profits he has made. As a matter of fact, I’ll give you a “cut” of the money if you find him. Don’t even try getting another handle. Something tells me you are going to ‘Zip it!’ Here is what he looks like and the last job I’m aware he had:
By now, you must fully realize I do not respond to threats.
I truly do not believe you are insane. Nor have I ever made a statement to that effect.
I just think you are a consummate whack job unworthy of public office.
Unless Americo asked/told him to.
Americo Santiago was the last person who supported my position. Days later, Edna Garcia came to my house, crying, she hugged me and begged me not to ever hurt myself. I promised her I will not, but I made it clear to her I don’t see it as hurting myself. I pointed out to her everyone who had been shot and killed lost all their fingers and I still had nine left to fight with. Writing on OIB is one way to continue the fight.
Bob, you can rest assured if we are ever in that foxhole together and a grenade lands near us, I will lay my body on it to try to spare your life and people like yahooy can enjoy his freedom to express himself.
Ethics and Bridgeport politics go together like virgins and human sacrifice.
yahooy, instead of criticizing Joel you should do something positive, like aporting something to the City. Changing something needs a lot of your effort, that being looking at other’s mistakes. I HOPE MARY-JANE FOSTER WINS.
What does aporting mean?
Yeah, ease up on the vitriol, yahooy. You’re going to get “the package.” Maybe it’s time to change your Depends undergarment.
yahooy–you won, he is off the ticket. Back off–shut up and move on.
Ditto. Let’s stay focused.
But is he really off the ticket? If the petitions included his name wouldn’t that mean he would then appear on the ballot? It’s my understanding any changes to the ticket once the signatures are turned in may void those. I ask, Joel if you appear on the ballot and win will you recuse yourself and let Mary-Jane choose another?
Hector, the day of the YouTube video I made up my mind to drop off the ticket. One must submit a letter before the ballots are printed. My name must, will, and better be off the ballot. I don’t see Santa Ayala leaving me on the ballot and in the event that (being left on the ballot) happens, I will deliver my letter of resignation.
So the race becomes three way for two positions. I would assume you’re supporting your running partner tc for one spot. Of the other two whom will you be backing? Whomever wins the primary gets the position since there are four up and each party gets two.
You’re right. Joel is off the ballot and THE PACKAGE is well on its way.
So. What do we talk about now? Good movies we’ve seen?
Hey Lennie, thanks! Now I don’t have to “let my fingers do the walking.” I’ll be calling Tom Kelly every day at 3:15 a.m.
*** Love to see “yahooy” & “Joel” having a beer @ the OIB summer get-together, no? *** Mud Wrestling, Anyone? ***
Mojo, just as long as it’s a Foster’s beer.