1. Say what you want about Blummy but he has proven himself as a person who works for the average person and that outweighs everything else. I will cast my vote for Blumenthal at Black Rock.

  2. Can we talk? About something that affects us Bridgeporters more than our Senator in DC I suggest?
    Bridgeport Land Use issue on the front burner … Small urban geographic area … Around 50% of land not taxable … Large number of residential units and neighborhoods (Charley Stokes used to indicate that we had New Haven and Hartford beaten in that respect 2-1) … So let’s look at move in West End to turn a single-family home into a group home for up to 17 female veterans. Does it make sense? Reasonable people may disagree … but when Federal money is available to offer a current owner a bonus above current market values, and yet another taxpaying property stays on the Grand List but off the tax rolls, I want to ask why? And then I learn the ZBA didn’t want to provide waivers for this property, that no change in Zoning regarding the Master Plan had been made, therefore attempts at spot zoning continue under the concept of “adaptive reuse” (a way of reforming industrial property, not residential) and I am still asking “why?” We have a Home for the Brave (males) on Park Avenue supported by the community in a former building that was part of a Church property. Are the 17 women all from Bridgeport originally? Are any of them local?
    The West End NRZ reports there are about 40 group homes, rooming houses, etc. in their neighborhood. How does this land use change put the City in a stronger position? Does it raise taxes? Does OPED or the Mayor see this as encouraging current taxpaying residents to stick it out? Or should homeowner look for a helping program, with a lot of current Federal bucks to sell out and move? Can the City begin to determine with certainty that increasing density of such programs in certain neighborhoods, or in the City in general reaches a cost/benefit limit, beyond which NIMBY is a reasonable response? Where is our GOOD NEIGHBOR policy these days? Are many of the City employees residents of other communities, only too happy to have all of such programs in Bridgeport? This is not about patriotism or lack of it, by any means.
    I served in the Army Reserve during the Vietnam War but all of my duty was stateside, lest any further confusion occur. And my only brother served a similar period of time, but ultimately spent his final year in Vietnam. You don’t need to glorify war and warriors to serve. And you can work for peaceful solutions at the same time. So, fans of Bridgeport, especially those in the suburbs, any ideas on placing 17 women veterans in need of temporary services and roof over their heads in your community? Wouldn’t the former John S. Turner Reserve Center on High Street, Fairfield, be an appropriate site for conversion?
    Anything in Westport or other towns with old NIKE sites, armories, etc.?

  3. BEACON2 It is my understanding one of the groups opposed to this group home surveyed properties of comparable size and availability in the surrounding towns and found there were 25 dwellings that were the same size or larger available and many of them were less costly. These nonprofits and halfway houses don’t even try the suburbs because they know they will have a problem getting these kind of residences passed.
    This proposed complex is not only for the female veterans of which I understand none come from Bridgeport this complex is also for their children up to 2 years of age.
    For every one of the tax-exempt properties allowed in Bridgeport it means we taxpayers pick up the added tax expense. The suburbs don’t give a damn we have become their social conscience. They live in a fairytale world, their kids don’t drink, they don’t do drugs and they don’t commit crimes.
    The suburbs tell you they do their share with affordable housing they have built in their towns. The problem is that affordable housing usually starts in the $300K area so affordable for whom?
    The planning and zoning needs to step up and turn this application down. This application flaunts the new master plan and the adaptive reuse provisions.
    I wonder how many of these potential residents were in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  4. Biden’s Punch Line
    May 26, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden: “I Didn’t Serve In Vietnam. I Don’t Want To Make A Blumenthal Mistake Here. … I Have A Bad Habit Of Saying Exactly What I Think.”

    Biden Jokes About Blumenthal’s Service Record

    The Hill’s Briefing Room Blog
    By Jordan Fabian
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record.

    While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being loquacious, veered into the Connecticut Senate race.

    “I didn’t serve in Vietnam. I don’t want to make a Blumenthal mistake here,” he said according to a pool report. “Our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him.”

    Later he said “I have a bad habit of saying exactly what I think.”

    Blumenthal became the brunt of Republican criticism after the New York Times reported he misstated his service record during the Vietnam War on several occasions.

    The attorney general, who is the front-runner in the race, said that he served in Vietnam and gave the impression he returned from the war and was spit upon with fellow veterans.

    After receiving several deferments, Blumenthal finally enlisted in the Marine Reserves and served in Washington, D.C.

    The candidate has apologized for his comments and Democrats have stood beside him, saying the criticism against him is simply his opponents blowing matters out of proportion.



    For more information, contact the Linda McMahon for Senate Press Office, 860-244-2010


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