It was a long wait to pick up where he left off and a test of his patience, but Bijou Square developer Phil Kuchma closed on his construction loan Friday afternoon.
If you haven’t seen what Kuchma has done on Fairfield Avenue downtown check it out–building renovations, restaurants such as Épernay and Café Roma–and now this means construction resumes on housing units that stalled when the economy crashed a few years ago, in addition to a liquor store, hair salon and dry cleaning business he projects will occupy the ground-floor retail space.
Thanks to Kuchma, the city has the start of a nice restaurant district downtown, plus new rental units projected for completion this fall to support businesses. Kuchma will have 62 two-bedroom, two-bath units and 22 one-bedroom units. The monthly rental prices range from $912 to $1313 for one-bedroom units to $1369 to $1676 for two bedrooms.
Bridgeport Dems Little People?
Picked this quote from a Ned Lamont guber supporter via our friends at www.newhavenindependent.org. While “Dan’s got the old boy network,” Lamont is getting support from “regular people,” Feen asserted. Oh, you mean like the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee? Weeeeeeeee!
Malloy’s Moolah, news release
MALLOY QUALIFIES FOR UP TO $8.5 MILLION IN PUBLIC FINANCING
Says ‘historic achievement’ will ‘guarantee the resources to compete with anyone’; Again calls on Lamont to ‘agree to spending limits and stop ignoring the will of the people of Connecticut’
May 2, 2010 – Former Stamford Mayor and current Democratic candidate for Governor Dan Malloy today announced that his campaign has raised the sufficient amount of small-dollar contributions to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Fund (CEP). Malloy is the first gubernatorial candidate to ever reach the goal in the program’s short history. As a result, Malloy will have up to $8.5 million to spend in the 23 weeks of the campaign that begin the day after the Democratic Convention, which will be held on May 21 and May 22.
The CEP requires gubernatorial candidates to raise $250,000 in small contributions of $100 or less, in order to demonstrate widespread support and to avoid the influence of wealthy contributors and special interests.
I’m grateful to the more than 4,000 people who helped us reach this historic milestone, and I’m humbled by their support,” said Malloy. “And, I’m grateful to my supporters across the state and everyone who helped with our fundraising efforts. They’ve guaranteed that this campaign will have the resources to compete with anyone and everyone.”
Malloy again called on Ned Lamont to adhere to the spending limits dictated by the new law, but said if Lamont “refuses to abide by a system he once supported, we’ll have more than enough resources to compete.”
“The people of Connecticut overwhelmingly support spending limits in campaigns, and I do too,” said Malloy. “I think Ned should adhere to the spending limits he supported for years. But if he continues to ignore the will of the people, thanks to today’s announcement, we’ll have more than enough money to compete. We’ll have up to $8.5 million to spend in the 23 weeks of the campaign that begin the day after the Convention; $8.875 million if you include the amount my Lieutenant Governor will have to spend. That’s more than twice as much money as any candidate for Governor of any party has ever spent in that time period.”
“This was hard to achieve, and it should have been hard,” continued Malloy. “We’ve demonstrated the organizational strength and the grassroots support we are confident will lead to victory in an August primary and then in a November general election. And when we win, and when we are sworn in next January, the people of this state will know that their government belongs to them – not to someone’s bank account, not to a bunch of special interests. This is exactly what this law was intended to achieve.”
Under the rules of this new system a candidate who qualifies is granted $1.25M for the primary, but if another candidate puts more than that amount of his own money into the race there is a dollar for dollar match for the qualifying candidate, up to $2.5M. In the general election the qualifying candidate is granted $3M, and if that person’s opponent spends more than that amount of his own money, the qualifying candidate gets a dollar for dollar match up to $6M.
“In addition to having the resources to compete, here’s the other thing that’s really significant: I won’t have to spend hours upon hours and days upon days holed up in a little room with a telephone, asking people to give me money,” concluded Malloy. “As someone who’s had to do that in previous campaigns, I cannot overstate how important and liberating that is. I can spend every waking moment talking to voters, making my case for why I think my values and experience make me the right person for the job.”
Malloy has traveled the state in recent months sharing his ideas for moving Connecticut forward. To date, his campaign has been endorsed by 34 Democratic Town Committees, 43 DTC Chairs, scores of elected officials and community leaders, and numerous labor organizations which combined represent tens of thousands of active and retired workers throughout the state. His campaign also has the support of nearly 4,000 individual financial contributors.
Ned’s Response, plus Glassman
Ned Lamont has tapped Simsbury First Selectman Mary Messina Glassman to serve as his running mate. Confused? Well, Mary was Dan Malloy’s guber running mate in 2006, and now is joining Ned who has eschewed public financing while Mary coveted public financing as a guber candidate herself. Confused? Mary said recently it will be a sad day, if guber candidates can’t qualify for public financing, that only millionaires can run for office. Malloy, it appears, will qualify. Well, Mary has joined the millionaire. From Ned:
Lamont and Glassman Form Winning Ticket for Connecticut
Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor announce new partnership to move our state forward
New Britain, CT – Democrats Ned Lamont and Mary Glassman announced today that they will run for governor and lieutenant governor together on a Democratic ticket.
Lamont, a businessman and the ticket’s gubernatorial candidate, and lieutenant governor candidate Glassman, the First Selectman of Simsbury and a former Democratic staffer in the Connecticut legislature, appeared together at Trinity-on-Main in downtown New Britain and pledged to work together to create jobs, improve education and reform state government.
“I come from the business world, where people are judged by the results they get, not the promises they make. Mary gets results,” said Lamont. “And together Mary and I will work our hearts out to make sure that every child has the same opportunity–a great education and the chance to start a family, start a career, and start a business right here in their home state of Connecticut.”
“I am proud to be here today as Ned Lamont’s running mate because although we come from different parts of our state, with different experiences–we share the same vision,” said Glassman. “We will create a partnership that will bring bold and creative changes to government–with a focus on helping businesses grow and creating jobs, supporting towns and cities in educating the next generation of children and helping everyone achieve their piece of the American dream.”
Lamont and Glassman made their announcement in New Britain, Glassman’s childhood home and the location of Central Connecticut State University, where Lamont serves as a professor.
Over the coming months Lamont and Glassman will make the case for their ticket to the Connecticut voters who will decide the Democratic primary in August and the general election in November.
Tonight’s City Council Agenda
Mayoral Proclamation: Dr. Bandaru Reddy the Veterinarian for the Bridgeport Animal Shelter for many years of service.
Mayoral Proclamation: Honoring the late Jose Chico Rivera.
MINUTES FOR APPROVAL:
Approval of City Council Minutes: April 5, 2010.
COMMUNICATIONS TO BE REFERRED TO COMMITTEES:
67-09 Communication from Labor Relations re Proposed Tentative Agreement with AFSCME, Local 1303-272, City Attorney’s Union, referred to Contract Committee.
72-09 Communication from Human Services re Grant Submission: 2010 Neighborhood Assistance Act, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
73-09 Communication from Mayor re Appointment of Anne Pappas Phillips (D) to the Planning and Zoning Commission, referred to Miscellaneous Matters Committee.
74-09 Communication from Central Grants and Community Development re Section 108 Seaview Plaza Project: Proposed Substantial Amendment to the City’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, referred to Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee.
ITEMS FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION:
68-09 Communication from Engineering re Agreement with the State for the Construction, Inspection and Maintenance of Pavement Rehabilitation Improvements on Iranistan Avenue and Capitol Avenue utilizing Federal Funds under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Public Law 111-5 (hereinafter “Act”): State Project # 15-343; Federal-Aid Project No. 1015(119) FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.
ITEMS FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION CONTINUED:
69-09 Communication from Engineering re Second Supplemental to the Original Agreement with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. for consulting services for the Computerization of Traffic Signals at various locations: State Project No. 15-310, Federal-Aid Project No. STPB-000R(303) FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.
71-09 Communication from Engineering re Second Supplemental to the Original Agreement with the State for the Development of Contract Plans, Specifications and Estimates for the Traffic Signal Modernization at various locations utilizing Federal Funds under the Urban Component of the Surface Transportation Program: State Project No. 15-310, Federal-Aid Project No. STPB-000R(303) FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.
RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.:
70-09 Resolution presented by Council Member Holloway re Proposed amendment to the Municipal Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8.76 Anti-Blight Program, amend Section 8.76.040 Enforcement Subsection A, referred to Ordinance Committee.
MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON (CONSENT CALENDAR):
*48-09(b) Ordinance Committee Report re Amendment to the Municipal Code of Ordinances amended to add new Chapter 8.77 East Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.
*47-09(PHO) Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee Report re Disposition of City Owned Properties (five parcels) to Habitat for Humanity. (Request for Public Hearing)
*48-09(A) Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee Report re East Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Plan.
*52-09 Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee Report re Grant Submission: State Department of Public Health and The Connecticut Association of Directors of Health (CADH) for 2009-2010 Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Contract.
*55-09 Economic and Community Development and Environment Committee Report re Grant Submission: State Department of Health for 2009-2010 Per Capita Grant.
*35-09 Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re Refund of Excess Payments.
MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON (CONSENT CALENDAR) CONTINUED:
*42-09 Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re Appointment of Lizette Garay (D) to the Ethics Commission.
*51-09 Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re State Reimbursement of low and moderate Income Housing Tax.
MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON:
34-09 Miscellaneous Matters Committee Report re Establishment of a City Council Standing Committee on Steel Point DENIED.
UB Commencement Gossip
Actress Nicole Fiscella, better known as Isabel from the hit television show Gossip Girl, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Bridgeport’s 100th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.
No stranger to the University, Ms. Fiscella also is a graduate student at the Human Nutrition Institute.
“Nicole is the perfect speaker to address the Class of 2010,” said University President Neil Albert Salonen. “Like many of our students at UB, she is multi-talented, balances a career and college, and already is well on her way to achieving ambitious professional success. We are thrilled to have her.”
More than 1,650 graduates are expected to participate in this year’s Commencement.
Ms. Fiscella joins a long list of well-known graduation speakers at the University of Bridgeport , including civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1961); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren (1965); television host Geraldo Rivera (1975); Life Goes On television star and UB alumnus William Stanley “Bill” Smitrovich ’72 (1992); former Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays (1997), and All-American basketball star Lambert Shell (2009).