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The City’s $1 Billion Financial Storm Warning

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Ouch. A budget-hawk organization that calls itself Institute For Truth In Accounting doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture about city finances. See this http://connecticut.statebudgetwatch.org/files/2011/05/Bridgeport-CT-2010.pdf And this http://www.truthinaccounting.org/news/listing_article.asp?section=451&section2=451&CatID=5&ArticleSource=964 The organization issued the report in partnership with Bridgeport resident David Walker, the nation’s former chief accountant, who predicted the national financial collapse. [Read More]
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What Do The Polls Say?

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A new poll conducted by the Merriman River Group shows Mayor Bill Finch with a 5 point lead over former Mayor Joe Ganim and a 15 point lead over Mary-Jane Foster, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish, in head-to-head matchups based on more than 500 likely Democratic voters. Finch has larger leads over two other announced Democrats, […] [Read More]
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It Was Nuts! Political Theater 1981

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Bridgeport’s mayoral campaign has begun. Will there be any drama? Thirty years ago the municipal election between Democrat John Mandanici and Republican Lenny Paoletta was a reporter’s dream, for the force of the candidates personalities and all the explosive background noise. Mandanici was the incumbent keeper of the keys to city’s Democratic machine. Paoletta was […] [Read More]
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Who’s Your Mayoral Candidate?

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CT Post reporter Keila Torres Ocasio’s Sunday article provides an intriguing glimpse into a possible Democratic primary matchup in September. If former Mayor Joe Ganim isn’t getting into the race he’s doing a pretty good imitation. And the forces of Mayor Bill Finch are loading up the campaign warchest for a showdown with Ganim if he […] [Read More]
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The Buzz About Ganim And Newton

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Will former Mayor Joe Ganim try to reclaim the job he had from November 1991 to April 2003? When I talk to city political operatives they say there’s a pretty good buzz out there for Joe. And then there’s former State Senator Ernie Newton, the Moses of his peeps, who’s back in the political action exalting his […] [Read More]
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Foster: What Happened To Finch’s $600 Tax Cut?

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Mary-Jane Foster, an exploratory candidate for mayor, says Mayor Bill Finch is so desperate for revenues in an election year he’s placed a for sale sign in front of City Hall. Ah, yes, the city’s for sale.  From Foster: The Finch administration has served up another ill-conceived, ill-timed and thoughtless proposal. Why suddenly throw City […] [Read More]
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Foster To State: Fix Halfway House Imbalance

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Roughly 50 neighborhood activists and city officials gathered at the Wheeler Fountain near Park Avenue Tuesday night to protest a proposed 120-bed halfway house for the West End. The opposition hopes to attract a larger crowd Monday night when the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled take up the issue in City Council Chambers on […] [Read More]
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Your Chance To Own Bridgeport City Hall

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If you want to be landlord for Bridgeport City Hall and Annex here’s your chance. No statement from City Hall yet as to what this all means. From www.bidsync.com RFQ/RFP – SENIOR MANAGING UNDERWRITE SERVICES Description PURPOSE. As financial advisor to the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut (the “City”), Public Financial Management, Inc. (“PFM”) is requesting proposals from […] [Read More]
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