Sacred Heart University’s growing campus injects a major economic impact on Bridgeport and Fairfield. Its expansion has also created some town-gown divides particularly student housing issues in the city’s North End, something City Council members who represent the area seek to regulate.
Jeff Kohut, a write-in candidate for mayor, asserts other candidates for mayor are giving these issues lip service or remain silent.
Senator Moore has studiously avoided this topic–being well-connected to the SHU BOD and Trumbull-Bridgeport border developers that are now building hundreds of SHU apartments on Lindeman Drive (adjacent to/upstream from the already flood-prone area of Lake Forest) that will use Bridgeport services and pay Trumbull taxes, per the politically sanctioned policy of suburb pirating of Bridgeport services even as they profit by the taxes (and in this case, as they fulfill state “affordable housing” quotas per housing that is essentially in Bridgeport).
The Ganim and Finch Administrations have actively cooperated (actually facilitated) the SHU expansion and takeover of the North End (Ganim I rolled over and acquiesced to the first dorms, and later Ganim II sold Bridgeport parkland to SHU for expansion; the Finch Administration rolled over to more dorm construction and gave SHU carte blanche to our schools and use of our parkland.
But on another level, as a state senator for the 22nd, Senator Moore has remained silent on SHU actions in the North End and has avoided acknowledging the many environmental and public safety/public health issues (of state-level concern) related to the SHU rentals in the North End (22nd District), as well as SHU-related (and non-related) Trumbull (also 22nd District) development issues that negatively impact her Bridgeport constituents.
Read the article and realize the lack of concern of the aforementioned candidates for the welfare of their constituents–and the likelihood that they will do nothing, if elected/re-elected, to salvage the quality of life for residents in the huge North End of Bridgeport.
Mayor Ganim’s concerns, voiced in the Post article, will last only until 8 PM, November 5. Senator Moore apparently doesn’t have such concerns–even for the election season (no comment from the R/Rodriguez camp, either).