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Russo’s Congressional Rationale

It would’ve been fun. Republican State Senator John McKinney, son of the late Stewart McKinney, trying to win the congressional seat that his dad occupied for roughly 16 years. The timing wasn’t right for John and his family, McKinney told  Connecticut Post reporter Ken Dixon. Now what? Former State Senator Rob Russo, a Bridgeport resident, […] [Read More]

The Trouble With Slogans

“Together we are making Bridgeport the cleanest, greenest, safest most affordable city, with schools and neighborhoods that improve each year”…. Mayor Bill Finch  The salutation above graces every Finch news release, statement, feel-good spin. Perhaps the mayor feels if people hear it enough they’ll start to believe it? The trouble with this kind of mantra […] [Read More]
Categories: Bridgeport politics

Education Politics

Hey, want to go on the Board of Education? Straighten stuff out. Cut this. Slash that. Do us proud. Make my job easier. Well, Mayor Bill Finch hopes, wishes, expects, whatever that the two BOE candidates he pushed for endorsement by the Democrat Town Committee Wednesday night City Councilwoman Leticia Colon and former councilman Pat […] [Read More]

The Mayor’s Myopia

Mayor Bill Finch reinforces his hopeless case of Mad Myopia in Connecticut Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck’s feature about the University of Bridgeport’s comeback. Without doing his homework, without visiting the campus, without the rationale to examine the university’s economic impact on the city, the local kids it educates, the jobs it creates, its impact on one […] [Read More]

Marketing Bridgeport

It was 1997 and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim asked me what it would take to turn around Bridgeport’s image. You take success stories, I told him, and market the city in a statewide radio and television campaign. But first you must build a credible foundation by addressing those issues that concern potential  visitors, and then […] [Read More]

Why Strong Department Heads Matter: John Marsilio

Joe Riccio’s departure as executive director of the Bridgeport Port Authority buoys the importance of strong decision makers in department and agency roles. Riccio, a good guy who had a mighty run as head of the port authority, signed a separation agreement following revelations he had lobbied state legislation that placed the quasi city agency […] [Read More]

Every Day Was The Fourth Of July

Fourth of July weekend: fireworks, burgers, buns, beers, political bantering. Has me thinking about my favorite political campaigns because the 2009 cycle — so far — is death valley. I’ve been involved in a whole bunch the past 30 years (ouch, that long) as both scribe and operative. My favorites include Bill Finch’s state senate […] [Read More]
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