I’m a happy man this week (okay, I’m generally happy in any event) because OIB traffic is surging a few weeks after the election when it was expected to reach its peak. So, thank you to the thousands of you visiting OIB.
What are you hearing out there regarding city negotiations with unions? Are we any closer to surviving this financial freefall?
We’re mighty close to announcing our annual Turkey of the Year Awards, but don’t let that stop you from casting nominations one week from Thanksgiving. Why wait until the last minute, fire away. I’m looking forward to Yahooy’s stuffed Philistine of the Year. (Hope it’s not me.)
The Water Torture Test
Rule number one: if a public official has his hand out, don’t get your father involved. Rule number two: if a public official has his hand out, run as fast as you can and call a lawyer.
The government on Wednesday charged Peter Botti–the 80-year-old father of Shelton developer James Botti indicted for allegedly larding Public Official #1, aka Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti in exchange for favorable treatment–with repeatedly depositing or withdrawing less than $10,000 (amounting to nearly $150K) to avoid IRS reporting requirements. Translation: they were trying to make it look like no funny business was going on.
What you’re seeing in this case that’s leading to the chief elected official in Shelton, the outgoing Barnum Festival ringmaster, is government-style Chinese water torture.
Okay, we’ll let you play ball with us. If you don’t we raid your house in front of your kids. If that doesn’t work we indict your father.
This is the time of the investigation when the wings are pulled off the flies. The government thinks young Botti is an arrogant prick, and they won’t mind pulling on the wings a little tighter if it persuades him into cooperation mode. If not, they’ll make their case while he sits, along with his father, at the defense table with Public Official #1.
What did Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez write the other day: Botti-bing!
News release from Mayor Finch
Mayor and City Health Department Encourage City Workers to Quit Smoking During “Great American Smokeout”
BRIDGEPORT, CT (November 19, 2008) – Mayor Bill Finch, together with the Bridgeport Health Department, is encouraging all City employees who are smokers or who have family members who are smokers, to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20, 2008.
Smoking is a global problem. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, more than 450,000 adults in Connecticut are cigarette smokers, and every year in Connecticut, more than 4,900 people die from smoking-related diseases.
Mayor Finch is concerned about workers’ health and welfare, as well as their work productivity and medical costs associated with smoking. “If we can motivate and assist employees to quit, everyone benefits. Employees who quit significantly reduce their risk of health complications, and overall costs associated with smoking.”
The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people to set a date to quit smoking. Mayor Finch said he “recognizes that quitting smoking is the single most important step employees can make to improve their health.” He also recognizes it can be the most difficult.
Similar to our area hospitals, the City is preparing to become a smoke-free campus. In order to achieve this goal, Mayor Bill Finch is fully committed to giving employees the support and assistance they need to quit, including a variety of cessation programs.
On November 20, the Bridgeport Health Department, together with Pfizer, will be launching an anonymous survey to all City employees to determine their health and smoking status. The survey will assess employees’ readiness to quit smoking. Mayor Finch encourages all employees who smoke to complete the survey.
Using survey results, additional group work-site smoking cessation classes and other tools will be implemented to assist those employees who are ready to quit.