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Bridgeport Dems starting raucous mayoral convention

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It’s Tuesday night, and the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee is getting ready to begin the highly anticipated convention that will see either incumbent Mayor Bill Finch or ex-Mayor Joseph Ganim win the endorsement. Two banquet rooms in Chairman Mario Testa’s Italian restaurant in the city’s North End are packed with Democratic insiders. The contest is […] [Read More]
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A photo from Bridgeport's advertising campaign featuring, in the center, minority contractor Marshan Coleman. center,

Face of Bridgeport’s ad campaign owes taxes

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It’s easy to understand why, when the city launched it’s $255,000 advertising campaign, it chose to lead with Marshan Coleman. According to the television ad featuring Coleman, he grew up in Bridgeport. And he is a minority contractor whose company,┬áPremier Construction, is benefiting from the development projects Mayor Bill Finch hopes voters will appreciate come […] [Read More]
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Finch’s office augments communications team

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Messaging has become a bigger priority for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch as he juggles running Connecticut’s largest city with running for a third term. First the administration last year hired Brett Broesder, a communications director who, unlike his predecessor, had more of a political background. Then Broesder helped launch a $250,000, tax-payer funded advertising campaign […] [Read More]
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Finch campaign cancels launch

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In the wake of the shootings at Trumbull Gardens, a public housing development, Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign for a third term has cancelled tonight’s official kickoff. The campaign said further details are forthcoming. It makes sense. How could the mayor launch a celebratory campaign and tout his record on one side of town, in the […] [Read More]
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Councilwoman angry over tax break meeting

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Bridgeport City Councilwoman Trish Swain, D-132, was not happy to read earlier this week in the Connecticut Post that Mayor Bill Finch’s administration held a private meeting with four of her colleagues about their opposition to a controversial tax break for a politically-connected Stamford-based developer. Swain fired off the following email to the rest of […] [Read More]
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Will Finch keep black, female health director?

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Ex-Mayor Joseph Ganim is courting black and Hispanic votes in his bid to return to City Hall and prevent fellow Democrat Bill Finch from winning a third term. Howard Gardner, another contender for Finch’s job, would make history as Bridgeport’s first black mayor if elected. And another Democratic mayoral candidate, Mary-Jane Foster, has accused Finch’s […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport’s Cop Capt. Gearing retiring

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Honored a year ago with his own day, Bridgeport Police Captain Robert Gearing is retiring from the force after 30 years on the job. Since 2011 Gearing has been the commander of the East Side and East End. Most recently he worked on a city ordinance aimed at cracking down on illegal dirt bikes. The […] [Read More]
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Flatto for Joe (Ganim)

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Forget the so-called cloak of respectability. Ex-Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim is looking to forge an armor of respectability for himself as he attempts to reclaim the job he lost in 2003 after being convicted and imprisoned for corruption. That means surrounding himself with certain people who could help deflect the inevitable deluge of attacks portraying […] [Read More]
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