Mayor Ganim Fights for Bridgeport’s Full Car Tax Reimbursement

This article originally appeared on Eyewitness News 3.

 

Taxpayers took their concerns to the state capitol on Wednesday.

Residents from three towns are saying enough is enough.

They're being short-changed millions of dollars because of changes in the car tax reimbursement.

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The Mayor’s Leadership Is Praised Following New Haven Candidate Forum

This article originally appeared in the New Haven Independent.

 

Susan Bysiewicz could have worded the pivotal question of a gubernatorial debate in New Haven Sunday this way: “What makes you think you should be the hero of progressive Democrats when you’re pouring your own millions into the race instead of running clean?”

Bysiewicz did not word her question quite that way. But that was the upshot of the question Bysiewicz posed to Ned Lamont at Sunday’s debate, which brought together the six leading Democratic candidates for governor to the stage of New Haven’s Career High School before an audience of some 70 local politicos. It was a can’t-miss event for the candidates: New Haven turns out the most Democratic voters on election day. Its 100 delegates (including three “super-delegates”) will comprise the largest municipal contingent at next month’s party nominating convention. (“A victory,” noted Democratic Town Chair Vincent Mauro Jr., “runs through New Haven.”)

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Mayor Joe Ganim Featured On WFSB’s Face The State

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim joins Face the State, after surprising his party when he announced he raised more than $500,000 for the governor’s race.

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Mayor Ganim Calls For Approval Of Legalized Sports Betting In Connecticut

This article originally appeared on Only In Bridgeport.

 

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to issue a decision soon on legalized sports betting, Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday released a statement calling on the General Assembly to pass like-minded legislation in anticipation of federal approval.

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The Effort To Rebuild A Key Bridgeport Bridge Is Spearheaded By Mayor Ganim

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is pushing hard to rebuild a bridge that would channel traffic to a $400 million downtown development project.

 

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Mayor Ganim Speaks At Re-Entry Day At The State Capitol

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Mayor Ganim Calls For Teaching Holocaust and Genocide Studies To High School Students

This article originally appeared in the New Haven Independent.

 

(Opinion) In August of 1939, just a week before launching an all-out invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler reiterated his orders to Nazi military commanders to “send to the death mercilessly and without compassion men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language.”  It would be the start of the most brutal slaughter of innocent civilians the world had ever seen.

In weighing the pros and cons of starting World War II, Hitler predicted that although western societies such as France and Britain might loudly protest the conquest of a peaceful neighbor, ultimately no one would rise up to stop him.  He argued history would reward him as a great leader; and that the murder of millions of men, women and children –-  Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Gays and Lesbians, and the disabled — would serve as a mere footnote to the rightful domination of civilization by the master Aryan race.

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The Mayor’s Leadership On Gun Control Earns Editorial Mention

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim cited an “active, thriving black market for guns without serial numbers that are untraceable” and, to no one’s surprise, end up involved in criminal activity.

Regulating homemade guns would not halt the entire black market, but it would be a positive step.

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Mayor Ganim Discusses Need For Comprehensive Plan For CT Cities

This article originally appeared in the Hartford Courant

 

Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim has been a vocal critic of the state’s promise to pay off Hartford’s debt and help the city stave off bankruptcy.

But at a candidate forum in Hartford Wednesday night, two days after Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin dropped out of the governor’s race, Ganim softened his stance.

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Mayor Ganim Only Big City Mayor Seeking Democratic Nomination As Bronin Drops Out

This article originally appeared on Only In Bridgeport.

 

About four weeks from the Democratic Party convention, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, whose city received a controversial financial bailout from Governor Dan Malloy, has ended his bid to replace Malloy who’s not seeking reelection.

Too soon to determine which Democratic candidate for governor will benefit most from Bronin’s decision, but Mayor Joe Ganim, for one, sees Connecticut’s cities as his path for candidate relevancy. Bronin, who features an impressive resume, is a disciple of Malloy, the most unpopular Connecticut politician. Want a third Malloy term? Then Bronin’s your guy, not exactly a viable platform to jump start a campaign for governor.

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Political Observers Impressed By Ganim Fundraising For Governor

This article originally appeared in the CT Post.

 

BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Joe Ganim raised an impressive cash haul in his first three months running for governor — with a lot of local help from Bridgeport and from Easton, his family’s hometown.

The campaign’s finance report, filed this week with the state Elections Enforcement Commission, showed Bridgeport’s comeback mayor raised $411,125 in his quest to be elected Connecticut’s chief executive between January through March 31.

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Mayor Ganim Calls For Fairness In State Treatment Of Connecticut Cities

This article originally appeared in the Hartford Courant.

 

As some legislators remain outraged over the controversial state bailout of Hartford, Senate Republican leader Len Fasano said Thursday that lawmakers are considering legislation to reverse the bailout to a more modest, two-year term.

Fasano said that he and other lawmakers believed they voted last year for a two-year, $40 million per year bailout to help the capital city avoid bankruptcy. But he was stunned when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the state treasurer signed a long-term, $550 million deal that would cover debt payments over two decades.

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Mayor Joe Ganim Calls For A Smart Approach To The Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana In Connecticut

This article originally appeared in the CT Post.

 

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says it’s time for Connecticut to legalize recreational marijuana.

“A legal regulated recreational marijuana industry would launch a new industry in Connecticut, create thousands of new jobs, and produce hundreds of millions of needed annual tax revenue for the state,” said Ganim, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Bridgeport Receiving Millions In Supplemental Car Tax Money From The State

This article originally appeared in the CT Post.

 

HARTFORD — Bridgeport will receive $3 million in supplemental car tax reimbursement money from the state, according to the Office of Policy and Management.

“This will more accurately reflect motor vehicle taxes based on updated property values in Bridgeport that took a hit as a result of the Great Recession,” said Mayor Joe Ganim in a statement. “In a very difficult budget year, it is critical to capture every dollar that our taxpayers deserve.”

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Bridgeport Continues Demolition Of Blighted Properties, With Mayor Ganim At The Wheel (With Video)

This article originally appeared on WSHU.com

 

Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim climbed into the cab of a construction claw Tuesday and joined city leaders to demolish an abandoned property on the east side of the city. Ganim said this demolition has been in the works for a long time. It was an eyesore to the community. “This has been [here] I think over a decade from what I’ve been told, over a decade just sitting here,” said Ganim. “So if you live in this neighborhood, it’s just not fair.”

 

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Mayor Ganim Named Candidate Of Distinction On Gun Safety

This article originally appeared on DoingItLocal.com

 

BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim has been named a candidate of distinction on gun safety by Moms Demand Action, one of the nation’s leading grassroots organizations fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes.

Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state.  Moms Demand Action acknowledges candidates who stand up for gun violence prevention and recognize the need for improved gun safety.  It is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention group in the country with more than four million members.

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Mayor Joe Ganim Helps Woman Facing Homelessness To Find Emergency Shelter

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Local officials have come together to help a disabled Bridgeport woman who was on the verge of becoming homeless.

Hanna Peart, 37, has not been able to work after developing lupus, and she and her mother were nearly forced to live on the streets.

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The Hartford Courant's Capitol Report Podcast with Russell Blair - On Recreational Marijuana

Mayor Joe Ganim sits down with Russell Blair of the Hartford Courant on the Capitol Watch podcast to discuss a range of topics. In this segment they talk about legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Connecticut. 

 

 

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Ganim Urges General Assembly To Pass Comprehensive, Smart Approach to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Ganim Urges General Assembly To Pass Comprehensive, Smart Approach to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

 

Bridgeport – Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Ganim today urged the General Assembly to pass a “comprehensive, smart approach to legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana in Connecticut.”

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Ganim: Legalize pot to create jobs, add revenue

This article originally appeared in the CT Post.

 

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says it’s time for Connecticut to legalize recreational marijuana.

“A legal regulated recreational marijuana industry would launch a new industry in Connecticut, create thousands of new jobs, and produce hundreds of millions of needed annual tax revenue for the state,” said Ganim, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

“It is time we treated and regulated marijuana the same way we treat alcohol or tobacco. It is long past time we in this country acknowledged that attitudes about marijuana have changed dramatically and it is time for us too in this land of steady habits to change with it,” Ganim said in a Monday announcement.

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Joe Among Candidates Invited To The AFL-CIO Convention

This article originally appeared in the Hartford Courant. 

 

In another sign of his frayed relationship with labor, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, a top-tier Democrat running for governor, was not invited to address the Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention.

Five other Democrats — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, former state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly and former Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris — are scheduled to speak at the gathering, which will be Friday in Hartford. Afterward, the 255 delegates will consider making an endorsement.

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Ganim Promises To Help Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

This article originally appeared in the Hartford Courant.

 

“Crumbling foundations are a major and difficult issue to solve,’’ Ganim said. I'm committed to making sure we put our residents first in providing assistance.”

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Mayor Ganim Delivers Budget With No Tax Increases To City Council

This article originally appeared in Only In Bridgeport.

 

Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday submitted a $561 million budget proposal to the City Council that calls for no tax increase for a second straight year. When it comes to city budgets, the devil’s in the details. It will be reviewed by the Budget & Appropriations Committee for action over the next six weeks or so before going to the full council for a vote. Most of the action is done at the committee level. Ganim, a candidate for governor, needs a tax message he can tout on the campaign trail. The current mil rate is 54.37.

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Ganim touts major developments across city

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Post.

 

The future of Bridgeport’s business climate and economic development are brighter than ever before, according to Mayor Joe Ganim.

In his third State of the City address since he returned to office in 2015, Ganim attributed recent progress in citywide development to a trove of completed and ongoing projects — many that predate his administration.

“While a number of major businesses have announced that they are leaving the state, here in Bridgeport others are moving in and bringing with them millions of dollars in investments and jobs,” Ganim said, stating that his administration has been hard at work to attract investors and new businesses to the Park City to fuel its growth.

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Ganim’s state of the state warm-up

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Post.

 

BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Joe Ganim took credit for a lot during Tuesday’s state of the city address, so why not claim responsibility for bringing spring to town, too.

Ganim told the business crowd gathered at the Holiday Inn downtown that his administration has planted 20,000 flower bulbs. He reminded them he similarly improved the city’s appearance for outsiders while first mayor in the 1990s.

“It lit up the esplanades, parks and neighborhoods,” the mayor, a Democrat, said.

Ganim’s beautification initiatives also were part of the federal corruption probe that sent him to prison in 2003 for seven years.

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Ganim campaign has raised almost $525,000

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Post.

Joe Ganim, the Bridgeport mayor and a Democratic candidate for governor, is reporting he’s raised nearly $525,000 for his campaign, and has around $333,000 in cash-on-hand.

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Joe Ganim Tops $500K Fundraising Haul In Governor's Race

This article originally appeared in the Hartford Courant

For Joe Ganim, public campaign financing is apparently overrated.

The Bridgeport mayor reported raising $525,000 on his own for his gubernatorial campaign as of March 31.

Ganim is eager to show Democrats that he is financially viable in a primary race, one in which several of his rivals are likely to receive $1.2 million each in public funds, for which Ganim is ineligible.

“We knocked it out of the park,” Ganim told The Courant Tuesday. “We have a fundraising plan with, I guess, commitments that put us well into the range of what we need, doubling what we have now.”

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New York Times Article: ...Ganim Now Eyes Governor's Mansion

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BRIDGEPORT, CONN. — Joseph P. Ganim, the mayor of Connecticut’s largest city, is selling a message of imperfection, but also redemption.

He is the embodiment of the second chance: After serving as Bridgeport’s mayor in the 1990s and early 2000s, Mr. Ganim, a Democrat, was convicted on multiple charges of corruption and sent to federal prison. Seven years later, he emerged from his “time away,” as he calls it, a changed man.

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Questioning Hartford’s $550 Million Bailout, Ganim issues FOI Request To State Officials

This article originally appeared in Only in Bridgeport.

 

Mixing it up on the campaign trail, as one of his rivals for governor Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin receives a massive bailout from his political benefactor Governor Dan Malloy, Mayor Joe Ganim has issued an FOI request to state budget director Ben Barnes and Treasurer Denise Nappier calling into question an “agreement that could bind Connecticut taxpayers to pay off more than $550 million in Hartford’s general obligation bond debt for the next 20-plus years.”

If you want a third Malloy term Bronin’s profile is built that way given his past advisory role for the governor and their close relationship. For Ganim, this is about two things: a sweetheart deal for a Malloy political ally and a governor who hasn’t exactly been a friend to Bridgeport over the years. Several pols on both sides of the political spectrum have questioned the Hartford bailout.

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Outdoor concert amphitheater plans revealed

This article originally appeared in The Connecticut Post.

Backers of a planned outdoor amphitheater say they won’t let a dispute with its next-door neighbor halt plans to bring southwestern Connecticut its newest concert venue.

Plans to renovate and reopen the former Bridgeport Bluefish ballpark as a boutique amphitheater are moving along, officials said, with formal design plans unveiled Wednesday.

“It’s going to move forward as fast as it can regardless of any of the other stuff,” said Mayor Joe Ganim during a press conference.

The facility, to be open from spring through the fall, is expected to draw 250,000 people a year. The plan is to renovate the existing ballpark into a concert site by using much of the existing seating with a stage in what was center field and new seating at field level.

It will have space for 5,500 people. A large tensile roof will cover the seats and make for a new landmark in the city.

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Capitol Report ‘After Hours:’ Lennie Grimaldi shares thoughts on Ganim’s race for governor

This article originally appeared in WTNH News.

 

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — This week on Capitol Report: “After Hours,” Lennie Grimaldi, creator of the website OnlyinBridgeport.com joins the show!

Grimaldi and the panel discuss Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and his chances in the 2018 race for governor.

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Mayors of Bridgeport and New Haven object to state pay-outs for Hartford’s debts

This article originally appeared in The Connecticut Post.

 

HARTFORD — The mayors of Bridgeport and New Haven lobbed criticism at the state Friday for a bailout deal paying off some of Hartford’s debt to rescue the capital city from bankruptcy.

“We question whether it represents an equitable practice,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp in a joint statement. “It seems the state continues to shortchange New Haven and Bridgeport - its two largest cities, with comparatively stable finances, while rewarding the past practices of other cities that put them on the edge of financial collapse.”

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of top lawmakers defended the approximately $90 million allocated over two years toward Hartford’s debts in the legislature’s budget signed in October.

“What this allows Hartford to do is restructure its debt, it gives them some stability for the short term, but most importantly the state picking this up ensures, we are never going to see a default in debt,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford.

Speaking to press at the Capitol, legislators emphasized that the money is only for the next two years.

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Capitol Watch Podcast, Episode 12: Joe Ganim

This article originally appeared in Hartford Courant.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim served seven years in prison on corruption charges but he’s back in Connecticut’s political scene and is in the midst of a run for governor.

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Bridgeport Welcomes 17 New Police Officers

This article originally appeared in Bridgeport Patch.

 

The city has added a total of 100 new officers since 2015.

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Since December 2015, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has sought to add 100 new police officers to the city's ranks, and with the hiring of 17 officers this week, Bridgeport has reached that goal, according to Ganim and Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez.

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Off And Running: Bridgeport Mayor Ganim Files For Gubernatorial Bid

This article originally appeared in Greenwich Daily Voice.

 

Pledging that “We can do better,” Ganim today filed the necessary paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission to run as a Democratic candidate in 2018.

Citing his more than 14 years as mayor of the state’s largest city, Ganim is pledging to work hard to revive the Connecticut economy and stabilize state government finances.

“The road to bringing fiscal stability back to Connecticut runs through economic development and job growth,” he said in a written statement. “We can get Connecticut back to being the powerhouse of innovation and industrial strength – where young people and entrepreneurs come to start businesses and create jobs, raise their families and make a global impact.”

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Ganim files paperwork, officially launches run for governor

This article originally appeared in WTNH News.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim filed his paperwork on Wednesday morning to officially begin his run for governor of Connecticut.

Mayor Ganim went to prison on corruption charges after his first stint as mayor.

He is touting his accomplishments in bringing Bridgeport back from bankruptcy and spearheading new projects in the Park City.

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Dan Haar: The state’s ‘Stealthy War on Cities Not Named Hartford’

This article originally appeared in Westport News.

 

The usual loud and public spats over state budget pain have taken an odd turn in Connecticut’s biggest cities.

Two weeks after the governor signed a budget into law, four months overdue, it’s becoming clear there’s a stealthy war on cities not named Hartford. While the capital city gained a restructuring worth at least $40 million, Bridgeport and New Haven stand to lose millions of dollars through various cuts in the new spending plan.

And yet, the mayors and other officials in those shoreline cities have kept their heads down and their voices low as they sort through the carnage.

“I’m glad we got a budget, but I have to tell you that it hurts,” Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said in a low-key Nov. 3 news conference aimed largely at opposing a library referendum. “It’s a better product than the interim budget was. We’ll dig out of this locally.”

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Bridgeport takes green energy lead with thermal loop

This article originally appeared in Westfair Communications.

 

Bridgeport’s plan to become the first U.S. city to establish a municipal low-temperature thermal heating district has taken a giant leap forward, following the long-awaited passage of Connecticut’s $41.3 billion state budget.

The city’s thermal loop will use a network of underground pipes to distribute energy produced by a fuel cell or a combined heat and power facility to supply space heating and domestic hot water to Bridgeport’s downtown buildings. In essence, waste heat from industries and from electrical generation is converted into heating and hot water for end users. The result will be what supporters consider a more reliable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective energy source than coal or natural gas.

“The city prides itself on being a leader in sustainable efforts,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim. “The beauty of it is the simplicity. It makes good environmental sense while saving money.”

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