I got my mitts on a list of the 77 Bridgeport delegates to the state Democratic Party convention in May when donkeys will endorse candidates for constitutional offices such as governor, attorney general, etc. (What? I’m not on it?)
When you’re a delegate you become instantly popular with candidates for office. The list provides a look at who’s in and who’s not. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa allowed each of the 10 Dem districts to select three, leaving him 47 of his own hand-picked delegates. Jesus Mario, you couldn’t be a little more generous with the district leaders? Mario wants a united front as he settles on a guber candidate to support. Delivering delegates from the state’s largest city can have advantages. Can he keep everyone together?
The list includes Black Rock District Leader Dan Roach, Board of Education member Pat Crossin, former State Rep. Hector Diaz. Hey, Johnny Fabs is a delegate, as well as the legendary bon vivant retired police officer Gene “The Dream” O’Neill, City Council President Tom McCarthy, former City Council President Lisa Honey Parziale, City Council members Sue Brannelly, Bob Curwen, Richard Paoletto, Warren Blunt, Richard Bonney, Manny Ayala, Lydia Martinez, former Dem Party Chair Cynthia King, State Senator Ed Gomes, East End District Leader Ralph Ford, former mayoral candidate Charlie “Captain” Coviello.
Hey, no Upper East Side committee member Andy Fardy? Hey, no City Councilman Bob Troll Walsh? No State Rep. Chris Caruso? Is there no love from Mario for Fardy, Troll and the Big Wave? As Fardy (Town Committee) points out in a post he was asked to be a delegate but declined. As for the Troll, he could still be an alternate delegate if Mario decides to support Lamont. Walsh is a Lamont supporter.
In the old days when challenge candidates required 20 percent of state convention delegates to get on the ballot you might see selective delegate primaries around the state. Yes, technically delegates can be challenged by slates decided by party voters. But ballot rules have been relaxed so it takes just 15 percent convention support to make the ballot or qualification via petition signatures. Dem guber leaders Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy will have no problem qualifying for a primary.
Mayor Bill Finch is not listed as a delegate for the constitutional offices, but is a delegate for the 22nd State Senate District, his old seat occupied by Anthony Musto. Testa, Vice Chair Dottie Guman, Fabs, Parziale and McCarthy are included among the 28 Bridgeport delegates in the tri-town district that also includes Trumbull and Monroe. Doesn’t appear that Anthony will have any problem gaining the party endorsement.
From Ned Lamont
Lamont Unveils Plan to Create Jobs in Connecticut
Outlines strategy for preserving and attracting businesses
New Haven, CT – Today, Connecticut businessman and Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont released his multi-pronged plan to create jobs, foster business growth, and move our state’s economy forward. Lamont’s Business Plan for Connecticut outlines immediate steps to help our companies succeed and keep jobs in Connecticut, while building the foundation for long-term prosperity through investments in promising industries, our education system, and our transportation infrastructure.
“For too long, we’ve been waiting for a governor who will put Connecticut to work. We can’t afford to wait anymore – it’s time for a new business plan for our state. As governor, I will take immediate steps to create jobs and reduce the cost of doing business here. But I’ll also keep my eye on Connecticut’s future, enhancing our strengths, modernizing our infrastructure, and putting our state on a path to success,” Lamont said.
“Every day, I’m going to be talking with our companies, making sure they have the support they need to grow their business, and I’ll be working the phones to recruit companies to our state, bringing good jobs with them.
“Now is not the time to be timid; we’ve had two decades of timidity. Now is the time to chart a new course with a bold plan and unwavering commitment to provide good jobs for all our people.”
As governor, Lamont will:
Make government move faster, accelerating the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval process and establishing a one-stop website and 1-800 number to help entrepreneurs start, fund, locate, staff, or expand a business as quickly as possible.
Stop ineffective tax giveaways and start making strategic investments, offering early-stage financing to promising firms and providing property tax relief for new businesses in urban areas to encourage investments in our cities.
Reach out to businesses across Connecticut, ensuring his government is dialed in to business needs now, and threats and opportunities in the future.
Modernize our transportation infrastructure by strengthening passenger and freight rail, investing in our most congested areas, and creating thousands of good jobs in the process.
Invest in our people to ensure our kids graduate with in-demand skills and well-paying jobs, and offering full loan repayment for students at state colleges who stay in Connecticut after graduation.
Attack high costs, building on federal reforms to bring down health care costs and creating an army of energy entrepreneurs to make Connecticut the most energy efficient state in America.
To read the entire plan, please visit www.nedlamont.com
Dan Malloy response:
MALLOY STATEMENT ON LAMONT PLAN
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy today released the following statement:
“I’m glad to hear Ned talking about the economy. A lot of his ideas sound a lot like what I’ve been talking about for the past year and a half, and a lot like what I spent 14 years doing as Mayor of Stamford – a time during which we created almost 5,000 jobs.
“There are a few things I think we need to do that aren’t in Ned’s plan – such as instituting benchmark systems that would help the state identify critical economic needs and ensure that state resources are allocated as efficiently as possible. It makes no sense that, to this day and despite repeated attempts by the Auditors of Public Accounts to get this policy changed, Connecticut still refuses to release a list of companies that have received state aid and their respective records on job creation.
“That kind of practical review of how we’re using our resources is critical. It’s something that I learned as Mayor, and it’s an example of what separates Ned and me when it comes to economic development: our experience. I spent 14 years doing what the next Governor needs to do: taking the lead in creating jobs and fostering economic security. Ned hasn’t done that.”
Information on Malloy’s vision for Connecticut can be found at danmalloy.com/policy
From Mayor Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch To Visit March Beautification Award Winners
20 Bridgeport Property Owners to Be Recognized
Mayor Bill Finch today will visit six of the 20 Beautification Award winners in Council Districts 130, 131, 132, 135, 137, and 138 on. A total of 20 Beautification Awards will be given out in March, two in each City Council district.
“We are recognizing Bridgeport residents who take the time and effort to make their property an asset to their neighborhood. Keeping the Park City beautiful is an essential part of making it a great place to live,” said Mayor Finch.
WHO: Mayor Bill Finch; City Council Members; Neighborhood Revitalization Zone members; and members of the Mayor’s Beautification Awards Committee.
Mayor Finch will deliver a certificate and Mayor’s Beautification Award lawn sign, to the following property owners:
• 10 a.m. – David Blagys and Kathleen Pierce, 262 Sailors Lane (130th District)
• 10:30 a.m. – Mark E. Taafel, 36 Myrtle Ave. (131st District)
• 11:15 a.m. – Charles and Zdenka Krasznai, 1015 Lakeside Dr. (135th District)
• 11:40 a.m. – Paulo Furchi, 957 Evers St. Ext. (138th District)
• 12 noon – Bernice and Alfonso Smith, 1084 Iranistan Ave. (132nd District)
• 12:15 p.m. – Alpha Community Services, 480 East Washington Ave. (137th District)
The Mayor’s Beautification Awards by district– March Winners
• 262 Sailors Lane and 395 Courtland Ave.
• 239 Atlantic St. and 36 Myrtle Ave.
• 2119 Park Ave. and 1084 Iranistan Ave.
• 480 Garfield Ave. and 705 Garfield Ave.
• 65 Melbourne St. and 2490 Madison Ave.
• 1015 Lakeside Drive and 81 Cumberland Drive
• 362 Pequonnock St. and 106 Jones Ave.
• 117 Maple St. and 480 East Washington Ave.
• 525 Jennings Ave. and 957 Evers St. Ext.
• 271 Wilmot Ave. and 912 Central Ave.