Ear, nose and throat doctors will be busy — judging from the octaves that pulsed a public hearing Thursday night over Governor Jodi Rell’s proposal to plant a juvenile detention center for girls on the Upper East Side.
State Rep. Chris Caruso, leading the jihad against the $15 million project, summed up just about every one’s feeling when he walked into the Carousel Building on the grounds of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, location of the public hearing, with a placard: Brookfield, not Bridgeport. Jodi lives in Brookfield.
And Mayor Bill Finch had the crowd of approximately 250 cackling at state bureaucrats when he said you know the state’s in trouble when he and Caruso, a political nemesis, agree on something.
Instead of a new facility for girls why not create a new wing at the (tax exempt) juvenile facility for boys that fronts Bridgeport’s waterfront downtown? And, hey, how about this for a novel idea: take the $15 million and invest it in an economic development project in Bridgeport that will actually generate tax revenue.
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