Ganim Extols Infrastructure Money For City Projects

Mayor Joe Ganim, in the commentary that follows, highlights the State Bond Commission’s recent approval of $14.6 million for infrastructure upgrades and economic development projects.

This is the largest financial installment of fund approvals that our city has seen in many years. Funding for the approved projects includes $7 million for infrastructure improvements to the city-owned Sikorsky Airport, $3.7 million allocated toward the reconstruction of the Congress Street Bridge, $2.28 million to support Bridgeport’s coastal resiliency and $1.7 million for additional projects listed below. The entirety of approved funding will have a tremendous positive impact on Bridgeport’s infrastructure, technical advancements, development potential, as well as bridging our communities.

The total approved bonding funds includes $1 million to assist in the demolition of the former Remington Arms industrial site, $353,654 grant-in-aid to the McGivney Community Center, Inc. to finance demolition of the adjacent former Saint Charles Church School for parking and outdoor recreation space and $262,840 to finance alterations, improvements and technology equipment at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport. Lastly, the state bond commission approved $100,000 grant-in-aid to match private funding in communities where Martin Luther King, Jr. corridors are established. The funds will be available for streetscape improvements, signage and way finding enhancements and façade improvements.

The $7,000,000 in investment approved by the state bond commission for the regional Sikorsky airport will be used to make improvements to runways and upgrade fire safety at the facility, in addition to other needed repairs. Sikorsky airport is owned by the city of Bridgeport and located just over the city line in Stratford. This state investment is expected to be matched by significant private, commercial funds in the near future that will open the door to regional passenger air service using new quiet jets that can take off and land on the existing runways without the need for any expansion. It is supported by regional city administrations in both Bridgeport and Stratford and by area lawmakers as a new convenient travel option for regional commuters and travelers. We are looking forward to the many new commercial opportunities that these advancements can bring our city.

The Congress Street bridge has been sitting broken since the existing drawbridge got stuck in the upright position in 1997. This year under the leadership of Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes, Congress declared the river north of the bridge a non-navigable waterway for commercial boat traffic. Therefore, the new bridge can now be fixed and does not need to open which will greatly reduce the cost of bridge reconstruction. The Bridgeport City Council has approved $12 million in the city capital budget for the Congress Street Bridge in each of the last two years. The approval of this 3.7 million from the state bond commission will finally make rebuilding the bridge possible and finally rejoin our city neighborhoods.

The $1,000,000 bond will aid the demolition of the iconic, blighted former Remington Arms industrial complex on Barnum Avenue and will help clear the way for environmental remediation of the contaminated property. DuPont Chemical Corporation is legally obligated to fund environmental cleanup at the former factory site once demolition is complete. This decontamination will make it possible for significant new economic development and regional job creation, breathing new life into the now defunct Remington factory space.

The State Bond Commission is a 10-member body that is empowered under the Connecticut General Statutes to allocate bond funds to finance specific projects throughout our state. The commission is made up of the governor, three state constitutional officers, four state legislators and two state agency heads. We appreciate Gov. Dannel Malloy and the bond commission, our legislative delegation, and all those who supported the efforts to secure the state aid for these projects that will greatly benefit our city.



  1. Nowhere in his commentary does Mayor Ganim acknowledge or thank Senator Marilyn Moore for bringing home the money for these projects. It reads as if he had anything to do with this money finding its way to Bridgeport.
    Mayor Moore, I mean Senator Moore your commitment to Bridgeport doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated, well except for the outgoing Mayor.

  2. I will be doing everything in my power to make sure Joe Ganim is not re-elected as Mayor in 2019.

    For those of you that post on OIB about Mayor Ganim; please get out to help any candidate running against a DTC endorsed candidate. If you cannot canvass please make phonecalls, volunteer in a campaign headquarters helping with mailings, keying data and more.

    We are already well organized in the 138th District. I encourage others to do the same.

    1. What does that mean. The fact is that anti-Ganim votes need to be pushed up in Black Rock/Brooklawn/North End to counter the fools who will continue to vote for him in the East End/East Side.

      1. Frank, you are absolutely correct because the reality is that Ganim was trounced in Black Rock in 2015 and still won by approximately 414 votes.

        The only middle-class neighborhood he won with any substantive plurality in 2015 was Thomas Hooker. Any other middle-class neighborhood he won was by less than 40 votes.

        He lost Black Rock, both precincts at Madison School, Winthrop, Thomas Hooker and won by two votes at Park City Magnet against Ned Lamont.

        Ganim is vulnerable.

  3. How many times is the Administration going to recycle this non-news… The biggest chunk of chump-change here is earmarked for improvements to an airport runway that will never be long enough to handle serious, fixed-wing-aircraft traffic (of the current generation of passenger/freight aircraft), and the “wonderful news” of the kneecapping of Bridgeport’s water-transport options, per the extremely short-sighted decision to close-off shipping options on the Pequonnock in order to allow for a cheap-fix of the Congress Street Bridge, is something that should piss us off, not something to cheer about… The rest of this “news”, while positive, isn’t going to move the needle for this dying city…

    Recycling non-news like this for third or fourth time shows an Administration desperate for positive recognition… Very late in a term — and close to an election — to be in that situation…

  4. Yea. I mean how can All these high ranking politicians, I mean , can be made to make a blatantly false statement-correct me if I’m wrong- is not navigable.
    Anything goes, I guess.
    They say smart, honest people are leaving this City and State
    Well, that being said and that I’ve excercised my Constitutional right of “free speech”, who’s black list am I on now?

  5. Maria I would be focus o your own election to the board. If I recall you didn’t win by a large margin. Part of politics, and the BOE is politics, is being likable. You may be smart and hard working but for the last three years since you be on the BOE it has been nothing but drama. Some your doing and some not, but that’s politics. Rest to sure there are going to be people doing everything in there power to make sure you don’t win, and you have been on a losing streak, JS. Peace out OIB

    1. Why is it that those that cannot deliver 25 votes to a candidate or have never been a significant factor in getting anyon elected in Bridgeport think that they can give me unsolicited advice or talk about my record of wins or losses?

      It’s like someone who just received their drivers permit giving advice to professional race car driver Mario Andretti.

      I am more than happy to take advice from those who are skilled in local politics that have a record of winning local elections HONESTLY and ETHICALLY.

      If you don’t fit the criteria referenced above please don’t proffer advice on what I should do around any local election.

      Thank you.

      P.S. If you use a handle to post here please don’t ask me any questions, give me directives or offer me advice. If you are too cowardly to post utilizing your real name you are not in a position to criticize others or expect others to view you as credible.

      1. # likability Robert I worked on Joe’s reelection campaign, he made false promises and is not guiding the city in the right directions. He has not fully funded our schools properly and I will do everything in my power to see we get mayor who will fund our school, as I was elected to do so as a BBOE member.

        Robert don’t tell me what to do. You know nothing about local politics, you stupid F&%King asshole. (par phrasing)

        #getoutthevoteformaskilledpoliticaladvisor. SMBH

  6. Ganim and the Dark Lord of Madison Avenue can plot and scheme to their hearts’ content, bubble-bubble toil and trouble. Ain’t gonna do no good. The machine has been exposed. Ganim is a fraud, a crook and disgraced attorney. Yet people rose from the dead to vote for him. Old folks in retirement communities and nursing homes snapped out of senility, a moment of clarity that lasted just long enough to sign their names to an absentee ballot that a nice lady from the DTC was kind enough to fill out… We all know how Little Joe Ganim was re-elected. First, he went to went to see the Palero and the Santero to make the dead rise up. Then he went to Reverend Stallworth’s church to make a tearless non confession to motivate the living. Then they all voted.

    1. Marilyn Moore is more effective in her current office. Carmen Lopez is the strongest candidate to challenge Little Joe for the title. Once she is sworn in Ms. Lopez can direct the City Attorney’s office to stop lying to the members of the City Council.


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