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Foster files paperwork for mayoral bid

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Monday morning businesswoman Mary-Jane Foster will file paperwork with the Bridgeport Town Clerk to launch her second campaign for mayor. As previously reported, Foster opened a campaign post office box last week. Foster, who currently works for the University of Bridgeport, waged a tough but ultimately unsuccessful bid for mayor against former friend, incumbent Bill […] [Read More]
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Richard Paoletto speaks at his final City Council meeting in February.

Paoletto lands on feet in private sector

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After retiring from a municipal job and resigning his City Council seat in February amidst an internal sexual harassment probe, prominent Democrat Richard Paoletto quickly secured a private sector job with a well-known, politically-connected construction firm. And Mayor Bill Finch’s office will not say if it had a role in helping him get the job. […] [Read More]
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Mary-Jane Foster and Mayor Bill Finch participate in a candidate forum in 2011.

Foster opens campaign P.O. Box

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She hasn’t made a formal announcement, but, barring last minute cold feet or some sudden, unforeseen event, Mary-Jane Foster is again running for mayor. The proof? Sources said Foster, who fought a tough but unsuccessful primary battle against Mayor Bill Finch in 2011, has opened up a post office box at the Middle Street USPS […] [Read More]
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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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