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Bpt. Council Prez on complaint against member

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Bridgeport City Councilman Tom McCarthy, D-133, has written to 18 colleagues addressing a recent report about sexual harassment allegations leveled against their fellow member and city employee, Councilman Richard Paoletto, D-138. In the email McCarthy, who is the deputy director of labor relations, said he will not be involved in the internal investigation of Paoletto. […] [Read More]
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Councilman Richard Paoletto, left, promotes a proposed chicken-raising ordinance with Mayor Bill Finch in March.

Bridgeport Councilman accused of sexual harassment

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Bridgeport City Councilman Richard Paoletto, D-138, has been placed on administrative leave from his job as acting deputy director of Housing and Commercial Code Enforcement over sexual harassment allegations. He has a hearing with city labor relations officials scheduled for Tuesday. “He’s innocent,” said Dwayne Harrison, president of the National Association of Government Employees, Paoletto’s […] [Read More]
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New director for Bridgeport Housing Authority

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Lee Byers started work Tuesday as the new executive director of the embattled Bridgeport Housing Authority just days after an offer to another candidate was rescinded. Details of the hiring, made late last week by the appointed Housing Authority Commission, were kept quiet, though employees had learned over the weekend that the new boss would […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport taps out-of-state companies for ad blitz

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In a bid to better promote the city, Mayor Bill Finch’s administration is looking to hire a pair of companies – Mandate Media, Inc. of Portland, Oregon and Gum Spirits Productions of Portland, Maine – to mount a media blitz. The proposed contracts, which are heading to a City Council subcommittee for consideration, would give […] [Read More]
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GOP’s Lumaj wants Santa Ayala out as Registrar

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Peter Lumaj, the Republican candidate for Secretary of the State, says enough-is-enough when it comes to Santa Ayala, Bridgeport’s Democratic Registrar of Voters: Lumaj Calls For Immediate Resignation of Santa Ayala Southington, CT, September 30th, 2014 –Peter Lumaj, the Republican and Independent Party Nominee for Connecticut Secretary of the State is calling on Secretary Denise […] [Read More]
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Testa hosting meal and a smoke for Finch

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Bridgeport Democratic Chairman Mario Testa will pull out all of the stops Tuesday night when his North End Italian restaurant, Testo’s, hosts the latest fundraiser for Mayor Bill Finch’s 2015 re-election bid.   The minimum $500-per-head evening, with appearances by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, will likely draw some of the […] [Read More]
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Incoming Housing Authority head reportedly under investigation

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The embattled Bridgeport Housing Authority, already dealing with federal audits and internal power struggles, cannot catch a break. After months of instability at the top, with executive directors coming and going, sources said a national search conducted by the mayoral-appointed Housing Authority Commission had settled on a permanent head – Stanley Lowe. A quick Internet […] [Read More]
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Deadly apartment fire blamed on hoarding

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The early morning Bridgeport fire that sent two parents and their two-year-old daughter to hospitals in critical condition is being blamed in part on the cluttered conditions of their Washington Avenue apartment. “There was literally tons of fuel in this apartment that should not have been there,” Mayor Bill Finch said after touring the scene […] [Read More]
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Slow voting in Bridgeport

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As of 6 p.m. Tuesday only 4,126 of Bridgeport’s 41,544 registered Democrats and Republicans had voted in the gubernatorial and legislative primaries, according to the Registrars of Voters. “Now you can say it’s slow,” said Democratic Registrar Santa “Sandi” Ayala, who had been hoping that there would be a noticeable spike in voting between 4 […] [Read More]
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Alanna Kabel moving on from Finch’s staff

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Alanna Kabel, a veteran member of Mayor Bill Finch’s inner circle, is leaving her job with the city, according to several sources. Her destination? The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. We are awaiting confirmation from the mayor’s office. Kabel, a Bridgeport resident, was hired in 2006 by then-Mayor John Fabrizi for the […] [Read More]
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