Perfect day for a parade and to harass politicians.
Our day started at Julian’s on Madison Avenue for a sweet wood-fired brick-oven pie. Julian’s is a jewel. Check it out.
Ms. Mo, stepdaughter Taryn and I walked out of Julian’s and watched the Columbus Day Parade on Madison Avenue. I had a chance to catch up with Elaine Ficarra, Mayor Bill Finch’s communications director, who had camera in hand. Elaine and I worked together at The Telegram, predecessor of the Connecticut Post, in the prior century.
Bridgeport’s first family; the mayor, wife Sonya and the kids waved from a convertible. The mayor, of course, worked both sides of the avenue to greet the peeps.
Probate Court Judge Paul Ganim was in good spirits working the crowd. Not far behind Judge Ganim waving full throttle from his ragtop was City Council President Tom McCarthy, just hours removed from his Saturday marathon visiting a Miami location of the Steel Point developer. Hey, Mac, how was the trip?
Gee, Mac, wasn’t sure you’d make it back in time. Mac had to make it back. The parade runs through part of his district. Smart politics.
U.S. Marine Band, floats, The Shriners, circus acts. A cool time.
Ran into a bunch of OIB friends, including Anna. She wanted to know if that was Yahooy running the street sweeper behind the mounted patrol. Yahooy, I think Anna likes you.
News release from Mayor Finch and Congressman Himes:
Mayor Bill Finch and Cong. Jim Himes Urge Postmaster to Keep Noble Station Post Office Open
Oct 10: Cong. Jim Himes, D-CT, and Mayor Bill Finch today called upon U.S. Postmaster General John E Potter to reconsider his plan to close the Noble Station post office at 934 East Main St.
In a joint statement the two leaders said, “We’re happy to see that the Postmaster General heard our plea regarding the Barnum Station post office, but it’s equally important that the Noble Station post office remain open. These two post offices provide vital services in the neighborhoods in which they are located. Closing the Noble Station post office would be problematic to many of the City’s residents, causing them to spend more of their valuable time in transit to perform basic postal functions. The closing will also contribute to a higher unemployment rate in the City and the region at a time when the federal government is trying to avoid this by providing federal stimulus money to create jobs. We urge you to reconsider plans to close the Noble Station post offices.”
Mayor Finch added, “All of our post offices are important to our neighborhoods, provide convenience for our residents and jobs in our region. For many Bridgeport residents, particularly the poor and the elderly, a neighborhood post office is an essential part of the community.”
Congressman Himes added, “As we work to shore up budgets and save taxpayer funds in these challenging economic times, we must be sure to maintain vital services,” said Congressman Himes. “I’m pleased the Barnum Post Office will continue to serve as an anchor for economic activity Bridgeport , but I strongly urge the Postmaster to reconsider the decision to close the Noble station. The livelihoods of neighborhood families and businesses depend on these services.”
Closing the Noble location would leave Bridgeport, the state’s largest city, with only the Main Post Office at 120 Middle Street, the Barnum Station Post Office at 2253 Fairfield Ave., and Bayview Station at 115 Boston Ave., to serve more than 140,000 residents and businesses.