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Finch talks Ganim, council conflicts on radio

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BRIDGEPORT – Mayor Bill Finch Wednesday morning urged ex-Mayor Joseph Ganim, a fellow Democrat who spent seven years in prison for corruption, to focus his energies on anything but a comeback. “Listen, I wish him well, you know? He’s had a lot of personal adversity in his life and we always want a second chance […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport cops hold second contract vote

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Bridgeport police last May rejected a new three year contract that offered salary increases in exchange for concessions and giving Chief Joseph Gaudett more power to manage and to discipline. The matter has been in arbitration. But in the meantime union leaders have been trying to work out a deal with the city. “I would […] [Read More]
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Ganim moves back to Bridgeport

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Ex-Bridgeport Mayor-turned-felon Joseph Ganim has moved back to the city from Easton and registered to vote here as he considers challenging Bill Finch for his old job. Ganim, according to the Registrars of Voters, on Monday officially became a Bridgeport voter residing at 80 Cartright Street, condominium unit 4k. He registered as a Democrat. The […] [Read More]
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Legislators urge colleagues to pass conflict bill

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Two days after hosting a public hearing on a bill aimed at preventing municipal employees from serving on the Bridgeport City Council, seven of the city’s eight state lawmakers have co-signed a letter to colleagues in the General Assembly seeking their support. You can read it below. Typically bills have a fighting chance when a […] [Read More]
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Ex-Mayor Joe Ganim listens at a public hearing Monday on a bill to keep public employees off of the Bridgeport City Council.

Joe Ganim, government reformer?

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A lot of interesting things occurred at Monday’s public hearing, hosted by members of Bridgeport’s legislative delegation, on a bill to prevent city employees from serving on the City Council. State Sen. Ed Gomes, D-Bridgeport, a stalwart friend of organized labor, sought to dispel union officials’ criticism that the proposal targets their members. The parents […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal, Schumer target railroad crossings

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In the wake of the deadly train collision in Valhalla, N.Y. that killed six and injured 15, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, and Charles Schumer, D-NY, Sunday announced proposals they believe will improve safety at railroad crossings. Read their announcement below, and for more on crossings in Connecticut, click here to read a recent report […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport ends snow emergency

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From Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch: The citywide parking ban that was associated with the snow emergency has ended. “Our snow emergency is over,” Finch said. “As always, we prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. Thankfully, we have successfully weathered another storm. Residents across the city cooperated with the conditions of the snow […] [Read More]
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Finch wants DeJesus to exit Senate race

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UPDATED at 4:21 p.m. Mayor Bill Finch Friday urged Councilman Richard DeJesus, D-136, to also exit the state Senate race in response to DeJesus’ announcement he is resigning from the City Council: “It’s a smart move by Councilman DeJesus to step down from the City Council,” Finch said. “I urge him to drop out of […] [Read More]
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Councilman Paoletto retires and resigns

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In late October veteran City Councilman Richard Paoletto, D-138, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job as deputy code enforcement director while city labor staff investigated allegations he sexually harassed a college intern. If guilty, this would have been the second such offense for Paoletto. Friday morning, Paoletto announced he was retiring from […] [Read More]
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Ex-Bluefish owners not amused by team’s Williams stunt

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Mary-Jane Foster and husband Jack McGregor, co-founders of the Bridgeport Bluefish, were not amused with yesterday’s publicity stunt that capitalized in the controversy surrounding fallen NBC News anchor Brian Williams. The Bluefish, which have been looking for unique ways to boost attendance and are currently negotiating a new contract with the city, out of the […] [Read More]
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