City to Shift Its Staff Start Time up One Hour; Mayor Finch Urging Employers to Follow City’s Lead Water Street Closed Until Further Notice for Bus Staging BRIDGEPORT, CT (May 19, 2013) – Mayor Bill Finch announced today that the City of Bridgeport is asking its office staff to report to work an hour earlier on Monday in an effort to help alleviate the road congestion that is expected as a result of the train derailment that occurred on May 17. “The roads in the Bridgeport metro area are some of the most congested in the country. Following Friday night’s train incident, we can expect an even greater number of cars on these roads. We know that Monday morning’s commute is going to be very challenging. The City is making an effort to help alleviate this congestion by asking our staff to report to work one hour earlier,” said Mayor
Video interview–Mayor Finch took time out to talk about they upcoming negotiations with the Bridgeport Police Union after announcing the final push for funding for the police memorial that will be located outside the police station on Congress Street. I asked the mayor if we are still looking at concessions and layoffs and he replied that “they are negotiations and arbitration and expects they will have a great result”. I stated that the budget was passed by the city council with assumptions, were the assumption that they will make concessions, they (the union) already made concessions? The mayor responded “every year we are always asking the union for more concessions” The council added another $400,000 in concessions while the mayor added $1.6 million in concessions. I asked if his stance could be considered anti-union since the union keeps giving concessions they mayor said no because these are agreements that are
Mayor Bill Finch and the leadership of Bridgeport Police Union Local 1159 announced plans for a July fundraiser with a goal of raising $50,000 toward a Bridgeport Police Memorial outside Police Headquarters on Congress Street. Tens of thousands of private sector dollars already have been raised to match the public investment in the important project. On Wednesday, National Peace Officer Memorial Day, Mayor Finch honored Bridgeport’s Police Officers for the dangerous work they do every day to keep residents safe. “On average, one American law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “It is a dangerous and difficult job. Tragically, some don’t make it home at the end of their shift and we need to honor them for their bravery and service.” Fundraising has been ongoing for the memorial. Construction is expected to begin this summer. An event has been scheduled
The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation is donating 2,500 gun safety locks to Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Waterbury to be distributed to residents free of charge. “We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can learn about the options they have to properly and securely store their firearms at home,” said Steve Sanetti, the CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “We thank Mayor Finch and Police Chief Gaudett for their leadership in helping to raise awareness about preventing unauthorized access and for distributing these firearm safety kits to gun owners.” WHAT: Police chiefs and mayors and First Selectmen from Bridgeport and Stratford announce free gun locks from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. WHEN: Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Mayor’s Conference Room, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street.