Redirecting Police Funds, Questioning Legal Fees For City Employees On Council Agenda

City Council resolutions tends to be more statement than force of policy, but the city’s legislative body Monday night will refer a couple of matters of note to respective committees, including reallocation of police funds to social service needs and questioning taxpayer-funded payments to lawyers representing city employees during a federal probe of the police chief selection process.

The council also wants early inclusion into collective bargaining agreements because they ultimately must approve the labor contracts.

This meeting will be conducted by teleconference. The public may listen by calling the following conference line and then entering the conference code:
Dial-In Number: (929) 436-2866
Meeting ID: 381 083 245

Full council agenda here.

Resolution presented by Council President Nieves re: Proposed resolution committing to reallocating certain funds from the Police Department to address the safety, security, educational and social services needs of Bridgeport residents, referred to Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Resolution presented by Council Member(s) Nieves, Burns, Taylor-Moye, Herron, Martinez, Valle & Newton re: Proposed resolution for the City Attorney to draft a Racial Equity Assistance Fund Ordinance, referred to Ordinance Committee.

Resolution presented by Council Member(s) Pereira & Co-Sponsor Cruz re: Proposed resolution concerning Termination and Collection of Taxpayer funded payments for criminal defense attorneys representing Mayor Ganim, Dan Shamas, David Dunn and Chief A. J. Perez, referred to Contracts Committee.

… Contracts Committee Report re: Resolution for the Development of a Policy for
Early Inclusion of the City Council in the Collective Bargaining Process.



  1. “Resolution presented by Council Member(s) Nieves, Burns, Taylor-Moye, Herron, Martinez, Valle & Newton re: Proposed resolution for the City Attorney to draft a Racial Equity Assistance Fund Ordinance, referred to Ordinance Committee.” For real, this is like asking the fox to watch the chickens, they are asking Hamilton Burger and the City Attorney’s Office to design this for them instead of doing their own homework and reach out to other departments to see what they have in place but more importantly does it really work. As for Racial Equity Assistance, that is build into federal funding for hiring and testing with the fire and police departments whenever they apply and they receive federal money, they must follow their guidelines. The fire department is in violation of getting federal funding for testing and hiring for not hiring women for 11 years. To this day I don’t understand why the women on the City Council have not asked the question where are the women and then demand that changes to hiring women. I’m that some of the women on the council know women who could be firefighters but the question that those will ask is aren’t women being hired, so why should they take the test.

  2. Racism As A Public Health Crisis
    New Haven:

    Monday’s legislative packet is a proposed resolution from Westville Alder Darryl Brackeen, Jr. that calls on the city to recognize racism as a public health crisis.

    WHEREAS: Racism is a social system with multiple dimensions: individual racism that is interpersonal and/or internalized or systemic racism that is institutional or structural, and is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks; and
    WHEREAS: race is a social construct with no biological basis; and
    WHEREAS: racism and racial discrimination threaten human development because of the obstacles which they pose to the fulfillment to basic human rights to survival, security, development, and social participation; and
    WHEREAS: racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance have been shown to be attitudes and behaviors that are learned; and
    WHEReAS: racism has been shown to have negative cognitive, behavioral, affective, and relational effects on both child and adult victims nationally and globally, historically, and contemporarily; and
    WHEREAS: racism unfairly disadvantages specific individuals and communities, while unfairly giving advantages to other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources; and
    WHEREAS: racism is a root cause of poverty and constricts economic mobility; and
    WHEREAS: racism causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life, including housing, education, employment, and criminal justice, and is itself a social determinant of health; and
    WHEREAS: racism has been shown to increase anxiety, depression, and is linked to a host of medical complications in ethnic minority individuals; and
    WHEREAS: racism and segregation have exacerbated a health divide resulting in people of color in Connecticut bearing a disproportionate burden of illness and mortality including COVID-19 infection and death, heart disease, diabetes, and infant mortality; and
    WHEREAS: COVID-19 is just the latest example where minority populations are disproportionately harmed; and
    WHEREAS: Black, Native American, Asian and Latino residents are more likely to experience poor health outcomes as a consequence of inequities in economic stability, education, physical environment, food, and access to health care and these inequities are, themselves, a result of racism;
    WHEREAS: studies have linked racism to worse health outcomes; and
    WHEREAS: the collective prosperity and wellbeing of New Haven depends upon equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin.
    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the New Haven Board of Alders denounces racism in all its forms and declares racism as a public health crisis.
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Alders:
    (1) Assert that racism is a public health crisis affecting our city and all of Connecticut; (2)Work to progress as an equity and justice-oriented organization, by continuing to identify specific activities to enhance diversity and to ensure anti-racism principles across our leadership, staffing and contracting; (3) Promote equity through all policies approved by the Board of Alders and enhance educational efforts aimed at understanding, addressing and dismantling racism and how it affects the delivery of human and social services, economic development and public safety; (4) Improve the quality of the data our city collects and the analysis of that data, as it is not enough to assume that an initiative is producing its intended outcome, qualitative and quantitative data should be used to assess inequities in impact and continuously improve; (5) Continue to advocate locally for relevant policies that improve health in communities of color, and support local, state, regional, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism; (6) Further work to solidify alliances and partnerships with other organizations that are confronting racism and encourage other local, state, regional, and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis; (7) Support community efforts to amplify issues of racism and engage actively and authentically with communities of color wherever they live; and (8) Identify clear goals and objectives, including periodic reports to the Board of Alders, to assess progress and capitalize on opportunities to further advance racial equity.

  3. I saw that and thought the same thing.
    I am not too sure what Aidee is looking for but to go to the City Attorney to have him draft it is a major mistake.
    If the City Council with outside advise can not accomplish this then the city is in worse shape than anyone imagined.
    Mark used to try to intimidate me by saying the Charter requires an opinion as to the legality of such motions and I would remind him it was only an opinion and the council could heed or ignore his advise. Poor kids don’t know where to turn.

  4. Yeah right. They could pass as many resolutions as they want and it will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Keep friggin dreaming. So Its a long definition of what racism is in his view. Tell me what that will do? Explain it!!!
    This is just from the nationwide playbook from the Democratic Party that’s been screwing minorities for decades and keeping them down to get they’re votes. Explain how this resolution will help the people of New Haven or anywhere. Will there be fines attached when someone thinks that the resolution has been violated?!!Will they fill the jails up with people that they say are racist?!!Will they then allow them to be free because the jails are too full?!! Will it eliminate all the crime and murders that occur?!!
    Give me a break. I’d laugh but it’s more pathetic than funny.

      1. Rich, your answer tells everything, that’s why Black Lives Matter protesters are in the streets. Tell when did police talked about racism and when police departments talked about police abuse and what they should and when will the blue wall of silence be broken?

        1. I re-read what you wrote, a few times. I don’t want to pretend that I understand what you’re asking in relation to this blog. So I’m attributing what you wrote to you either being drunk, tired, or whatever!
          I would give you the benefit of the doubt and say that it was the voice dictation Siri that made the mistakes, but I won’t.
          So……cheers!! Lol 😂

          1. And if the BLM movement was really about mattering then why are they not tearing down the crack houses,, and going after the people in towns like Chicago killing Black people. Need I go on.

      1. Well, I guess you agree with me about the Democratic Party playbook, because obviously you’re not happy with what’s been going on in this country for a long long time so therefore you could continue to ask your Democratic friends what are you doing for me lately. Under Clinton all our jobs were given away to other countries. Under Obama we became a part time service nation and high science which only 10 percent of OUR citizens were able to fill. We had to import people from other counties to fill those jobs. The service jobs were there for people with a high school education and they could make a scant living working 2 or 3 part time jobs to do that.
        As far as the republican party playbook, I suggest that you go do you own research because you will just negate anything I say.
        It’s about jobs. It’s about opportunity. It’s about creating circumstances by which those WHO WANT to work hard and better their circumstances. Those who want things handed to them WILL NEVER give themselves the chance to do so.

        1. I made the post concerning New Haven was only to show that 20 other cities and at least three states in recognizing racism as a public health crisis but there is a bigger issue that New Haven is dealing with. The Civilian Review Board formation process stalled for months after that—up until a few weeks ago, when Mayor Justin Elicker and city legislators promised to prioritize formally seating the CRB in the wake of local and nationwide uprisings against police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Bridgeport City Council has done nothing and that was the main point of the post. Police won’t do or say anything because they feel that they are the victim and when they step out of line they go to their old standby line and the get out of jail card that they all use, I was fearful for my life and I believed that the person was on some type of drug that made them even stronger.

  5. Ron, you should have asked me, I could have given you the Republican playbook.

    Sen. Richard Burr [R-NC] In March 2020, Sen. Burr was accused of covid19 stock profiteering by selling stocks based on information learned in non-public briefings.
    Arizona: Rep. Don Shooter, R, expelled from office Feb. 1, 2018, by an overwhelming House vote after an investigation substantiated a lengthy pattern of sexual harassment toward women, including a fellow lawmaker. 
    Florida: Sen. Jack Latvala, R, resigned effective Jan. 5, 2018, following allegations of sexual misconduct raised by multiple women. 
    Idaho: Rep. Brandon Hixon, R, resigned Oct. 19, 2017, while under criminal investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative for more than 10 years.
    Mississippi: Rep. John Moore, R, resigned in December 2017 after multiple women made complaints against him
    Ohio: Sen. Clifford Hite, R, resigned Oct. 16, 2017, after being accused of sexually harassing a female state employee.
    Ohio: Rep. Wes Goodman, R, resigned Nov. 15, 2018, after the married lawmaker acknowledged having a sexual encounter in his office with another man.
    Any questions???


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