Hazardous Waste Escapes!

31Jan10

Capable of Corroding Any Administration

An uncivil fuss over hiring in Finch’s City Hall
By Keila Torres, STAFF WRITER
Published: 01:21 a.m., Sunday, January 31, 2010

BRIDGEPORT — The Finch administration has added three consultants to the municipal payroll, at a combined cost of as much as $56,575, to “modernize” the city’s Civil Service and Labor Relations departments.

Mayor Bill Finch’s decision to spend thousands of dollars — to hire two former city employees and a law firm that contributed to the mayor’s campaign — after the city laid off more than 200 workers and dodged a $20 million budget deficit last year has come under fire from former city officials.

Last spring, the City Attorney’s Office hired Berchem Moses and Devlin, P.C., to conduct a “review of the Civil Service process and procedures,” according to an e-mail that Finch’s Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Nunn sent to then-Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs.

However, the report that lawyer Michael Devlin submitted last May — for which he was paid $8,575 — commented only on Jacobs’ interaction with other city departments and led to Jacobs’ dismissal…

…Finch spokeswoman Elaine Ficarra defended the administration’s decision to hire the Milford-based law firm, contending the $1,000 contributions to Finch’s campaign made by both law firm associates Robert Berchem and Richard Buturla last March were not factors in the hiring of their firm a month later.

Berchem, Moses and Devlin has been doing work for the city before the mayor came along,” she said, “and they’ll probably be working for the city after the mayor is long gone.”

Anastasi said after the focus of Devlin’s review was shifted, the city “determined that it would be more appropriate for another party to complete the comprehensive review of the Civil Service Department.”

So in December, acting Personnel Director David Dunn decided to hire his former colleague, Edmund Winterbottom, to conduct the review of the Civil Service Department. Winterbottom, paid $125 an hour for his consulting, had been Dunn’s boss in Bridgeport’s Labor Relations Department for a decade.

Winterbottom “has a lot of credibility here with the legal staff,” Dunn said. “The City Attorney’s Office has always been very complimentary of Mr. Winterbottom. Ned has a lot of professional credibility here in the city of Bridgeport.”

Bridgeport hired Winterbottom — who could get paid up to $24,000, plus reimbursement for “expenses,” by the March 31 deadline set by the city — one day before he abruptly left his job as Stratford’s human resources director with a $42,446 payout of unused vacation and sick pay after 18 months in the post.

So at this point do you feel sorry for the taxpayers of Bridgeport or do you just laugh at them?

By the way Mayor Finch, if you’re also looking for an incompetent and corrupt Police Chief, Fire Chief, EMS or PW Director, give us a call.

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30 Responses to “Hazardous Waste Escapes!”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Before you chuckle too loudly Mayor Harkins, please see homework assignment below:

    Write an essay (500 words minimum) comparing and contrasting Norm Aldrich/Richard Miron, Tom Moore/Alvin O’Neal and Tom Molloy/Mike Henrick.

    We hope that you have not forgotten how you got to be in that office. It certainly wasn’t because of Norm Aldrich and the RTC gang. There were many good people who put it on the line for you in hopes that you would repair the damage done by the RTC & DTC and rid the Town of this lingering corruption.

  2. 2 phineast

    Harkins has an entire zoo of monkeys to get off the taxpayers backs. I am certain that he is very aware that an equal if not higher number of independents and democrats are added to his republican votes for obtaining office.
    His next task should be to go after all the improper hires-and those that used their positions to manipulate them into a job. Not only will we get rid of useless worker(s) but we would also save a fortune in the pension line as one and at least two other pensions would be lost – there is clear potential for prosecution and jail time over this one.
    The people in the know on this are going to come in under the whistle blower statute to prevent any possible repercussions…..it will literally cuff what leftovers we have from the previous administration’s dark days that continue to haunt the Town.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Phin,

    Not that I disagree, but there are a select few that seem to be able to capture Mr. Harkins attention and have their own agendas firmly in place. Mr. Harkins must understand that those agendas are not those of the voters who elected him.

    We shall see if he understands that after he completes his homework assignment.

  4. 4 phineast

    Care to share what those agenda are?

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Care to share what those agenda are?”

    It would be mere conjecture at this point, since obviously, I am not one of them.

    However, there seems to be some support for not removing/controlling the three stooges; Buturla, Cavanaugh & Best. You can probably guess for yourself that there are plenty of DTC/RTC members who want a forensic audit to never take place and some strange resistance from removing Berchem Moses & Devlin from the Town’s ATM card.

  6. 6 phineast

    I have been told that they are going to allow the BMD to complete the cases that they are more than 1/2 way done with and will not be getting any new ones. I have also been told that once the BOE contract with BMD expires there is a serious movement to not renew. You can’t just fire a police chief, they are protected by state statute, but you can get rid of the deputy with no notice. The fire chief can be removed but you have to have a solid case for removal to keep the “politics” out, and the current ems director I believe just may be union protected- she can be removed for cause….they need to build a solid case.
    If Harkins wants to keep this job once he straightens out the disaster that miron left behind-he absolutely will have to remove the miron stooges-though Best was there before miron-so technically she isn’t a miron stooge. The one lesson that should be learned from miron’s term in office is that the public has had it with the bs and wants it gone AND we have long memories of what has and has not occurred and for what reason. We are not very forgiving when we have bee taken advantage of.

  7. 7 1george1

    Jeze,

    I agree with your posts as far as they go.

    Care to guess who:
    1 – negotiated the Defined Benefit Plan?
    2 – proposed to the Town Council the Defined Benefit Plan?
    3 – Who were on the Town Council “when” the Defined Benefit Plan was ratified?
    4 – When Esq Burturla was Town Council Chairman and when he was first TA?
    5 – Who are related to whom among Town / BoE workers, managers, elected and
    respected appointed?

    Per Mayor Bloomberg press conference this week:
    The job of union reps is to get the best possible (realistic) deal for workers.
    The job of mayor / managment is to keep costs down while giving workers
    good pay, benefits, pensions, and working conditions.

    When I was a USPS union steward, I hated the “TAFT – HARTLEY ACT as
    being unfair and unreasonable..
    However 1 in 9 employeed Americans work for a USA Government =
    about 11 %. Unions only constitute about 14 % of employeed workers.

    SUN TSU: “ART of WAR”

    “Create a GRAND STRATEGY which is unfathomable to enemy.”

    It is my opinion that the people in Federal Intelligence have allowed
    locals ALL AROUND the USA to get UNREALISTIC and UNSUSTAINABLE
    PAY, BENEFITS, PENSIONS by allowing creatures (run wild) like:
    BERCHEM
    BURTURLAS
    NORM + B(e) UTTER NUTS
    MIRONS
    KELLY – FLOREK – LAWYERS
    WINTERBOTTOM
    DUNN
    HADDAD
    FINCH – GANIM – FABRIZI – BOCCI (?)
    RICHETTELLI
    FLATTO – DOUGIELLO
    BALDWIN
    TwardY
    DroneY
    DooleY
    DennehY
    ChatignY
    J MerleY
    L MerleY
    MihaleY
    SilhaveY
    Lie-berman
    Blue-menthol
    Shays
    Rell
    Morrison
    Dodd
    DeLauro
    Simmons
    Amman
    BarnFart
    FeeneY
    BranYan

    and more …..

    My condolences to John Norko’s family, as it appears an older member
    of his family passed away. I like and respect Mr. Norko for his good
    things, WHILE STRONGLY DISAGREE-ING with poltical decisions.

    It is similar to my:
    begrudging respect for Jeze’s very strong political beliefs;
    respect for Jeze’s willingness to argue passionately;
    respect for Jeze’s loyalty for people she believes in
    (few cases I believe misplaced);
    respect for moving my posts instead of erasing, while allowing
    mostly uncensored, despite the insulting comments, which we
    go tit for tat … as personal insults can not stand.
    (I get GUILTY, as badly as others … but I try to keep political – not
    personal, but do stray, as imperfect as I am…)

    Jeze,
    You can get off the floor, now …..

    You are a worthy debater, with very strong and passionate political
    opinions, despite …. 😉

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Phin,

    That is good to hear. I wonder what the mileposts are for 1/2 way into a case?

    “You can’t just fire a police chief, they are protected by state statute”

    While it is true Police Chiefs are not “at will” employees, they can be terminated for cause. According to the CGS*, that is. Nonetheless, punitive IA investigations, insubordination by certain officers, inordinate granting of light duty and frankly paying certain staff for doing nothing have to be stopped.

    “The one lesson that should be learned from miron’s term in office is that the public has had it with the bs and wants it gone AND we have long memories of what has and has not occurred and for what reason. We are not very forgiving when we have bee taken advantage of.”

    I absolutely agree. (Contrary to current rumors, Phin and I are not dating. He hasn’t even bought dinner and drinks). Harkins (sorta like Obama) has about 6 months or so to make significant headway towards cleaning the mess up. After that, it will become more his issues than Miron’s.

    *Sec. 7-278. Hearing prior to dismissal of municipal police head. Just cause requirement. Appeal. No active head of any police department of any town, city or borough shall be dismissed unless there is a showing of just cause by the authority having the power of dismissal and such person has been given notice in writing of the specific grounds for such dismissal and an opportunity to be heard in his own defense, personally or by counsel, at a public hearing before such authority. Such public hearing, unless otherwise specified by charter, shall be held not less than five nor more than ten days after such notice. Any person so dismissed may appeal within thirty days following such dismissal to the superior court for the judicial district in which such town, city or borough is located. Service shall be made as in civil process. Said court shall review the record of such hearing, and, if it appears upon the hearing upon the appeal that testimony is necessary for an equitable disposition of the appeal, it may take evidence or appoint a referee or a committee to take such evidence as it directs and report the same to the court with his or its findings of fact, which report shall constitute a part of the proceedings upon which the determination of the court shall be made. The court, upon such appeal, and after a hearing thereon, may affirm the action of such authority, or may set the same aside if it finds that such authority acted illegally or arbitrarily, or in the abuse of its discretion, with bad faith, malice, or without just cause.

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Harkins (sorta like Obama)”

    I wonder if that picture of Reagan on Harkins’ wall is cringing now.

    George,

    “You are a worthy debater, with very strong and passionate political
    opinions, despite”

    Thanks. I think.

  10. 10 1george1

    Jeze,

    1 – I was stunned you have not swallowed 😉 …. the Harkins un-Kool Aid 🙂

    2 – You are welcomed. Yes you do think. We have healthy disagreement
    on many political positions and healthy agreement on others. 8)
    – If only we could keep away from personal comments / attacks … 😦

  11. 11 jezebel282

    George,

    Make no mistake. I think Harkins is our best opportunity in decades to turn Town Hall around and benefit the taxpayers and residents. It is only a question of whether he has the ability and the…well…testosterone, to do so. For now, he has the complete support of the majority of voters. He has taken some appropriate initial steps, but there is much more to be done and undone.

    Ensuring the public’s safety must come first.

  12. 12 1george1

    I think Harkins is our best opportunity in decades to turn
    Town Hall around and benefit the taxpayers and residents.

    REPLY: I am sure you believe this to be true.
    Further, it speaks volumes, when you back Harkins who was
    Norm’s + Lou’s + Burturla’s choice for Mayor and that Harkins
    is considered by you to be …. well … look what you wrote … 😦

    For now, he has the complete support of the majority of voters.

    REPLY: Harkins got the we do NOT want MIRON VOTE.

    He has taken some appropriate initial steps, but there is much
    more to be done and undone.
    Ensuring the public’s safety must come first.

    REPLY: Inappropriate initial steps
    UNDERSTATEMENT: is much more to be done and undone.
    REPLY to: Ensuring the public’s safety must come first.

    The USA is NOT and should not be a POLICE STATE where the
    ONLY PEOPLE who have decent PAY + BENEFITS + PENSIONS are
    POLICE – FIRE – TEACHERS – LAWYERS – TOWN COMMITTEE

    If you want that – go to USSR or NAZI GERMANY or imperial colonial
    Empires where STRATIFICATION and DEFACTO puppetry exists.

    Government workers deserve lower to middle > “middle class” pay,
    benefits, + pensions, because of job security and working conditions
    which are vastly superior to private sector which actually constructs
    things and delivers goods and services.
    (NOT LOWER CLASS PAY like MLK Birmingham Garbage or USA 1960s
    PAY – BENEFIT – PENSION Stuctures of then)

    This is not to demean the bravery of professional police and fire,
    nor the life saving they and EMS do, nor to demean Teaching
    which works 1/2 year at twice middle class pay/benefits/pensions.
    Each deserves to have and earn good middle class status.

    Further, when I describe honest middle class, I revert to 1950s in a
    relative term, whereas the upper class compensation was far closer
    to honest middle class.

    I believe in
    Constitutional Democratic Republican Representative Government
    with Capitalism having honest and competent regulation, whereas
    LAW + ENFORCEMENT are not an excuse to continually INTENTIONALLY
    FAIL as a vehicle for INCREASING BUDGETS and POWER as existed.

    I expect to draw lightning withthis post.

    However, intelligent and thoughful readers will understand that I am
    being honest and fair in my appraisal about how things are out of whack.

    There is nothing to prevent government workers from also being in
    honest business while government employed, nor for them to use
    honest pensions and professional skills towards a 2nd career.

    Lastly, these are only opinions, which may be flawed and are NOT LAW,
    nor attacks on honest skills, talents, abilities, compensation, beneifits,
    etc. YES STAR, I AM STIRRING THE POT. 😉

    Have fun!

  13. 13 jezebel282

    George,

    Buying a PowerBall ticket is an opportunity to become wealthy, it does not mean you will. In Harkins we have an opportunity. It does not mean it will happen.

    “Have fun!”

    Your idea of “fun” is vastly different than mine.

  14. 14 1george1

    Buying a PowerBall ticket is an opportunity to become wealthy,
    it does not mean you will.
    In Harkins we have an opportunity.
    It does not mean it will happen.

    Jeze, the only difference in your above opinion and mine is
    probably the level we believe opportunity exists.
    If Harkins is NOT linked with certain people that I believe he is,
    then the probability dramatically increases.

    I am pro-union.
    I am not pro-thievery, bribery, nor graft.

    I’m not sure when D/C + Captains + Lieutenants + Sargeants became
    file union, when they are Rank / Managment.

    Some of the Town Committees hold unique beliefs in that which is
    acceptable?
    But then they get direction from State + Federal/

    I wonder how many try to live by a framework of:

    10 Commandments
    Golden Rule
    6 Pillars of Character
    Oath of Office
    Pledge of Alligiance
    Constitution not intellectual Prostitution of the Lawyers
    Codes of Ethics in U. S. Code; CT. General Statutes, Town Code,
    Bar Code (assoc)
    Guidelines of true Christianity / Catholicism / Jewish / Masonic

    Godfather 3 was the least popular but had the most relavant scene
    wher Michael Corleone spoke with the future pope in the garden
    (Symbolic to Eden and Gethsamane)
    The future pope reached into the bird bath and pulled out a rock
    (Rock is symbolic to Peter=All Christians + to Masons)

    “Christianity is like the water in the bird bath.”
    “The ROCK is like people who became Catholic/Christians.”
    “Sadly, not much of the water, penetrates the ROCK.”

    I never wear a cross nor magen davi.

    Too often have I seen those who where a cross, magen davi, or flag
    who do not live their lives close to the standards …..

    Fortunately, I do KNOW and have known many who either understand
    the meaning of those symbols and live them, or simply live as true role
    models, regardless of their religion ….

  15. 15 mayor2013

    Buturla (the cop) will probably be measuring for his drapes at his new office in New Haven by the time you read this post.

    And, Mayor Harkins, I really hope it was not so when you said . . . you did not know he was looking for another job. I really hope that was just a “wish I had not said that” moment. Because if it was truthful – we are in BIG trouble in RIVER CITY.

  16. 16 mikereynolds

    What did you want him to say?

    John is not an idiot like Miron. He’s going to speak in measured tones. That’s what experienced politicians do. (and that’s not a knock)

    He’s going to take the high road and feign ignorance. He’s probably wishing that Burturla gets the job and that means one less headache for him.

    The police union is in a tough spot on this one. As much as they want him out I don’t think they’d tell the New Haven union how great he is. And if they tell New Haven how bad he is then more than likely he won’t get hired and Stratford is stuck with him.

  17. 17 mayor2013

    Mike,
    He worked very well with the Mayor when he was employed as his CAO. The mayor ultimately makes this decision – and it will be Buturla. The police union does not have to reveal anything. Besides, don’t you think Buturla’s work history in Stratford is well known in New Haven? I’ll take it from you that he was hoping Buturla was job hunting or even better, he told Buturla to find other employment. However, I stand by my statement – he should have said nothing rather than what he said.

    I also hope he has told the fire chief and the acting finance director to seek other employement as well.

  18. 18 ronmoreau

    Mayor2013,
    You said,
    “And, Mayor Harkins, I really hope it was not so when you said . . . you did not know he was looking for another job. I really hope that was just a “wish I had not said that” moment. Because if it was truthful – we are in BIG trouble in RIVER CITY.”

    ‘However, I stand by my statement – he should have said nothing rather than what he said.’

    Most of the Miron administration left without notice. What makes you think Chief Burturla would give notice and/or even say anything about looking for another job?

    If you consider OUR Mayor being truthful a problem, you should not consider any elected position in Stratford.

  19. 19 ronmoreau

    Personally, I find it refreshing.

  20. 20 jezebel282

    Update: Where Are They Now?

    Ex-Bridgeport officials still on consulting payroll
    Keila Torres, STAFF WRITER
    Published: 10:26 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2010

    BRIDGEPORT — Two former city officials rehired as consultants to conduct reviews of the city’s Civil Service and Labor Relations departments are still on the municipal payroll — with no set end date to their consulting stints.

    Edmund Winterbottom, hired to review the city’s personnel procedures, recently submitted a draft report to a former colleague, city Personnel Director David Dunn.

    Winterbottom was hired Dec. 14 — one day before he abruptly left his job as Stratford’s human resources director with a $42,446 payout of unused vacation and sick pay — to provide recommendations on how the city could modernize Civil Service Department tests and procedures.

    According to his contract, though, Winterbottom’s draft was scheduled to be filed Feb. 15, with a final report to follow Feb. 18. His consulting stint, for which he is being paid $125 an hour, was supposed to expire March 31.

    To date, Winterbottom has been paid $24,780 for his work over the last four months. According to his contract, Winterbottom’s compensation is capped at $24,000 — or 192 hours.

    The additional $780 were paid by the city for his “reimbursable expenses,” such as mileage, which were not included in the $24,000 cap, according to Elaine Ficarra, the spokeswoman for Mayor Bill Finch.

    Ficarra could not explain why Winterbottom’s report was filed so late, if the contract had been revised or whether penalties were issued for not following the timeline established by the city.

    You go Ned! As long as you don’t go here.

    Err…how many times has Stratford paid David Dunn and how much?

  21. 21 rex525

    “Err…how many times has Stratford paid David Dunn and how much?”

    The Harkins administration seems to STILL have David Dunn on the payroll, as well as the Bercham gang from Milford. With the appointment of Ms. Collier it seems only a matter of time until Ned Winterbottom is hired back as a consultant with James Miron in tow. This is the type of nonsense that the voters rebelled against last November and I do not think it will be tolerated again. To say that the Harkins administration is a HUGE dissapointment at this stage is a gross understatement. Mayor Harkins, I don’t know who you are getting advise from but at this stage of the game I certainly hope you are not planning to run for reelection. If you are you had better seek a new group of advisors VERY QUICKLY, because your decisions are bizzare to say the least. Your popularity is rapidly dropping with residents and unfortunately for us, I see no bottom in sight.

    If I had to do it all over again I would have voted for independant candidate George Mulligan. He seems to have been the only one to predict this mess, and he did so well before the election. Mr. Mulligan, my sincere apologies. At this point I see that both political parties in Stratford are broken beyond repair. The only way to get this town back on track is to either restore the professional Town Manager or elect an independant candidate for mayor. Anyone who looks at the situation objectively would have to agree that switching to the mayoral system has been absolutely disasterous for our town.

  22. 22 mikereynolds

    lol…the guy has been in office 4 1/2 months of a 4 year term. And you’re already advising him not to run for re-election.

  23. 23 rex525

    “reelection. If you are you had better seek a new group of advisors VERY QUICKLY, because your decisions are bizzare to say the least.”

    Mike, I had great hopes for this man but the only thing I’ve seen him accomplish on the positive side was the LoSchiavo incident. Concerning that, I would agree with the comment made on wordpress that it was like “picking low lying fruit”.

    Let’s face it, we all expected more at 4 1/2 months in and we certainly didn’t expect the ridiculous Town Atty. budget, B.M.D. to still be on the payroll, David Dunn to be on the payroll, SUSAN COLLIER’S APPOINTMENT and the PD mess to still to be ongoing, did you? Talk to some of our local “finest” and see what they think before laughing. I hope Harkins succeeds, however the only way he will do so is to fulfill his campaign message and “restore the pride”. Whoever he’s listening to must have missed that part of his campaign because it’s back to “politics as usual” here in Stratford and most residents are just plain fed up with that, aren’t you?

  24. 24 mikereynolds

    Sure I’m fed up and while I don’t agree 100% with some of the Mayor’s decisions so far I’m level headed enough to know you can’t expect someone to fix everything in 4 1/2 months. The previous occupant took 4 years to screw up this town. I’m willing to give this mayor or any mayor more than a few months to fix things.

    Maybe he has a plan. Perhaps he has a few ideas on how to fix things that he hasn’t shared with everyone. Maybe, maybe, maybe. I still say he needs more time to fix things.

    I know everyone here is hot for getting Soto and McNeil back on the force and the disgrace of their arrests reversed, and getting rid of Linda, and getting rid of Cavanaugh and Buturla, etc. I want that too. But knowing John he’s not going to just jump into things without careful thought. He’s going to be thorough and methodical. If that doesn’t meet with everyone’s time-table then fire away.

  25. 25 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Actually, Miron started right out of the blocks at a sprint. By now he had already fired three people and was on his way to 45 more.

    As for “fixing” McNeil and Soto….that only takes a memo changing their status to suspended with pay until the case is complete.

  26. 26 rex525

    I agree with just about all of your positions, but the Collier appointment just put myself and many others over the top. If we are going to get out of this MESS we need the best finance director money can buy. Lawyers are not the answer, dialogue with the wronged individuals and sound financial principals are. I also believe that it has been way more than 4 years of screw ups, not that Miron wasn’t responsible for the most blatant and costly. However, the responsibility should be on the shoulders of BOTH parties and I don’t see them cleaning up their own mess.

  27. 27 1george1

    Rex,
    Thanks for the kind words / props / endorsement.
    I honestly wish I was wrong on the local front.
    I believe:

    1 – Fire Trucks were payola

    2 – Bishop hiring was back door to keep Esq, Kelly, Burturla, Florek.
    I like Esq, Florek and Kelly personally.
    I disagree with almost every decision they made.
    With Esq. Burturla, there is no almost.

    3 – I like Sue Collier as a person.
    However, she and Harkins have held back the Actuary report.
    The Budget workshops are done.
    One Budget public hearing at Town Council, instead of Bunnell
    has passed.
    Deadline for Star Letter to Editor has passed.
    Still no Milliman Actuary Report = 7 months late = made Jan Pension Shortfall Deposit, on time of almost $ 7.5 million added to $9.2 million Bond payment.

    4 – Keystone Kops
    McNeil / Soto / Farmer
    O’Meara
    LoSchiavo
    Chris Miron
    Lacking info on my police report
    Break into my home March 18, while I was meeting Harkins
    Deleted all computer records related to FBI/JUSTICE/MOSSMAN
    and TOWN injustice dept. (I am multiple redundant)

    March 18, 2010 = 49th anniversary of my mom’s death

    Dec 22, 1998 = 22nd anniversary of my dad’s death=Mossman court date
    for original pretexual charge on disagreement with 100 witnesses and the
    State Prosecutors found none to support mOSSman’s lies.

    Sept 23, 2004 = 7th anniversary of my uncle’s death (godfather)
    In mOSSman police report -> If mOSSman “did his job, my uncle and others
    might still be alive.” (Only thing mOSSman didn’t lie about!)

    The murder my family. then cowardly celebrate with further “acts.”

    Every dog has his day …..

    I know the locals are only fronts for ….

    With each local situation I threw light on, I left a back door open for
    the locals ….. they have been set up to be double crossed ….
    they just refuse to believe people who have YET to do it will do it …

    Why do they always
    kill the assassins?
    kill the assassins’ assassins?

    Right now, the Masons / Shriners think they are in control.
    The “appearance of control had already rotated past DOD / OSS
    ORANGE
    GREEN
    MAFIA
    JEWISH
    OIL – GAS
    EVANGIL
    REPUBLICANS
    CONSERVATIVE
    LIBERALS
    DEMOCRATS
    SOCIALIST / COMMUNISTS

    When the truth be known …. it will be coated like the chameleon
    “PREDATOR” …. well camoflaged in plain sight.

  28. 28 jezebel282

    Update:

    Resolution will address how consultants are hired
    Keila Torres, Staff Writer
    Published: 09:58 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2010

    BRIDGEPORT — Unable to get straight answers from city officials about the hiring of two former city employees to modernize the city’s Civil Service and Labor Relations departments, City Council members Robert Walsh and Andre Baker have introduced a resolution questioning the process by which the consultants were hired.

    The resolution was referred to the council’s Ordinance Committee Monday night.

    The councilmen said they have not received any responses to their questions about the hiring of Edmund Winterbottom or Dennis Murphy several months ago.

    Winterbottom, hired Dec. 14 (hey, wasn’t that Miron’s last day in office?), has been paid nearly $25,000 to date for his work providing recommendations on how the city could modernize Civil Service Department tests and procedures.

    They could save a lot of time if they just asked David Dunn how Winterbottom got in….again. Then there is that pile of our cash Mayor Moron stuck in his pocket. Did that get paid back yet?

  29. 29 1george1

    Is David Dunn related to the police Dunn, who retired about the time Joseph
    Burturla retired in 1985?

  30. 30 rex525

    rex525 on April 26, 2010 said: “Let’s face it, we all expected more at 4 1/2 months in and we certainly didn’t expect the ridiculous Town Atty. budget, B.M.D. to still be on the payroll, David Dunn to be on the payroll, SUSAN COLLIER’S APPOINTMENT and the PD mess to still to be ongoing”.

    Now we are at 5-1/2 months and not much has changed. It is HORRIBLE that one taxpayer dollar has gone to David Dunn (Winterbottom’s latest benefactor) or the Bercham gang since Harkins inauguration, but our taxpayer dollars still continue to go to both parties TODAY. It is absolutely unbelievable that Susan Collier was allowed to stay on in ANY official capacity (considering all of the improprieties that allegedly occurred in the finance department, under her partial leadership during the Miron administration), let alone receive A PROMOTION AND A $10,000.00 A YEAR PAY RAISE!

    Where is the transparency or the restoring of the pride we were promised??? IT IS NO WHERE IN SIGHT AND NO ONE HAS AN ANSWER AS TO WHY!


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