Operate This!

21Oct10

Board of Education System

Since it has already been announced (http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/finance-director-feeney-headed-back-to-stratford/#more-14655 ), we see no reason to miss out on our own announcement.

Michael Feeney (former Town Manager of Stratford) has been selected as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Stratford Board of Education replacing Ben Branyan.

We think this is an excellent choice. Mr. Feeney has managed to avoid the political quagmire that is Bridgeport City Hall. His reputation as an astute financial administrator and fairness will be a great benefit to Stratford students.

Welcome back Kotter Mr. Feeney.

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11 Responses to “Operate This!”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    We cannot help but note the difference between the Board of Education and Stratford Town Hall.

    Not quite 60 days after Ben Branyan’s surprise announcement of his departure, the BOE has made an excellent selection for his replacement.

    In Town Hall, one political operative leaves and is replaced by another. Every single Miron appointee remains. EMS is essentially disintegrating, the Fire Chief refuses to accept responsibility and John Buturla continues to reign uncontrolled at the PD.

    If only we had a mayor….

  2. 2 1george1

    Mrs. Michael Freeney is Barry Knott’s daughter.

    Barry Knott and Richard Burturla were attorneys involved in:
    Hanney negotiations.
    Walmart – Home Depot – Shaws > $ 5 million abatement.
    multiple other economic projects for last 20 years.

    Personally I like Barry, his daughter, and Mike.

    However Barry, Mike, and Burturla are cogs in Stratford’s
    Rube Goldberg politics.

    It is possible that Mike is being positioned to be the next Mayor,
    if Mr. Harkins was truthful when he told me he was one and done?
    > That was the night Mayor Harkins was sworn in.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    George,

    “Mrs. Michael Feeney is Barry Knott’s daughter.”

    This is true. However, every once in a while a lawyer like Barry Knott does a good thing. Usually by accident or by being forced into it. The best thing that Barry Knott ever did was have a daughter like Kate.

    “It is possible that Mike is being positioned to be the next Mayor”
    The thing that Rube Goldberg’s inventions and conspiracy theories like yours have in common is that they are fun to look at but are totally impractical.

    In the first place, the COO of the BOE makes almost 50% more than a mayor does. So for much the same reason as Gavin Forrester avoids running for mayor, the same will be true for Feeney.

  4. 4 1george1

    Jeze,

    Your post is logical.
    Congradulations.

    One question:
    What does logic have to do with Stratford politics? 😦

  5. 5 mayor2013

    Holy Cow! What a plus! Leave it to the Board of Education to hire a professional manager. Kudos, Kudos, Kudos. Mike Feeney was an outstanding town manager who had a vision for Stratford’s future. He brought Ben Branyan to town and the two of them were mighty. Then something call “mayor” got in the way…the rest is history. And, we’ll never know what could have been – but we certainly know what did happen. First Miron, who promptly fires Branyan followed by gutless I hate being mayor Harkins. What a MESS?

    I wish Mr. Feeney every success and the BOE has really done well with your selection for this position. For a brief moment today, I was able to smile. I look forward to working with you in 2013.

    Now for Harkins. Do you know why he fired Erin after only being on board for 3 days? Because he was told to fire her. Why? Because Timmie Bishop, Richie Buturla and Normie Aldridge told him to fire her. She was very critical of Miron and could not possible be working for Stratford. And just wait till you see the performance of her successor! Harkins cannot let any of the Miron appointees go. He has been ordered not to by Timmie, Richie and Normie who are really running this show in Stratford.

    Hey Timmie, Richie and Normie – why don’t you send Miron over to see Finch – he’s looking for finance director – and we all know how good he is with money – especially other people’s money.

    I’ll keep you up to date as time passess.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    2013,

    I agree.

    (You did not much room for debate)

  7. 7 1george1

    Mayor 2013

    I have nothing against Mike Feeney, except he is part of the same
    crew of people that caused problems for Stratford.
    Whether was appointed by the Republican Town Council or the
    Democratice Town council, I will quote you:

    Harkins cannot let any of the Miron appointees go.
    He has been ordered not to by Timmie, Richie and Normie
    who are really running this show in Stratford.

  8. 8 jezebel282

    George,

    “Whether was appointed by the Republican Town Council or the
    Democratice Town council,”

    A little historical background for you, George. Feeney was not appointed so much as he was promoted. He was hired by Mark Barnhart (the previous Town Manager) as Assistant Town Manager. When Barnhart left, Feeney became the interim manager. He was productive and efficient and the council took the word “interim” away. That, my friend, is more or less the proper way someone gets promoted.

    In addition to that, professional managers such as Barnhart, Feeney and Branyan scrupulously avoid any political parties or committees. They become horrified at the suggestion.

    This is why many of the GOP members of the RTC and BOE opposed Feeney. In their small minds, they assumed that working for a Democratic mayor in Bridgeport had somehow tainted Feeney.

    That’s as silly as thinking Gavin is an actual Republican or Democrat.

    Harkins on the other hand is a professional politician. Period.

  9. 9 1george1

    “Whether was appointed by the Republican Town Council or the
    Democratice Town council,”

    Jeze I have attended at least 80 % of Town council meetings since
    1998 and I have seen and heard all of the machinations, so please
    spare me YOUR VERSION of HISTORICAL BACK GROUND:

    “A little historical background for you, George. Feeney was not
    appointed so much as he was promoted.

    He was hired by Mark Barnhart (the previous Town Manager)”

    (BARNHART was HIRED by the TOWN COUNCIL / TOWN COMMITTEE,
    who also could have blocked hiring FEENEY as the assistant and/or
    could have blocked the interim and/or promotion.)

    “as Assistant Town Manager. When Barnhart left, Feeney became
    the interim manager.”

    Jeze – I suspect you are aware that Mike Feeney was renting the
    home owned by Marge and Ray Voccola, and we know Mike married
    Barry Knott’s daughter.

    I was told Mike moved from the home he was renting as he was
    being promoted.

    Now, Jeze, absolutely nothing of the above is bad about anyone.

    But in Stratford, does it hurt having Barry Knott and the Voccolas
    as friends, when it comes to being appointed to jobs?

    Barnhart, Feeney, Branyan, and Ben Barnes are all qualified to fo the
    job of Town Manager, Mayor, COO of Schools.

    Jeze, there is a difference between the truth and whole truth.
    The are sins (or crimes) of Ommission and Commission, aren’t there?

    There is History.
    Then there is REVISIONIST HISTORY.

    There are worlds according to Jeze, or George, or Portia, or Chris,
    or Sudds, or 2013, or Phin, or Kane, or Cyclops, or others.

    With SCINTO pleading G U I L T Y to even one thing in S H E L T O N,
    I wonder what that means to political people in S H E L T O N, and
    S T R A T F O R D, and M O N R O E, and B R I D G E P O R T?

    Does anyone know the moral of the A E S O P story of the
    G R A S S H O P P E R and the A N T S ?

    Stratford politics is kinda like the N U T S scurrying around looking
    for squirrels.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    George,

    “so please spare me YOUR VERSION of HISTORICAL BACK GROUND”

    Really? Spare you? Like you spare us with your versions?

    I’m not going to play 6 degrees of conspiracy with you. I simply believe that Feeney is intelligent, honest and fair. I believe this because of the things he’s actually done versus what is said. I have a simple mind.

  11. 11 1george1

    “so please spare me YOUR VERSION of HISTORICAL BACK GROUND”

    Really? Spare you? Like you spare us with your versions?

    TOUCHE = EXCELLENT POINT.
    I HAVE to conceed on the above.
    In the boxing 10 point scoring system where tie rounds are 10-10
    and winning rounds are normally a 10-9, with 10-8 being lopsided,
    I would have to score your point an that as a 10-2 or maybe 10-0 ? 😉

    —-

    “I simply believe that Feeney is intelligent, honest and fair.”

    My dealing with Mike were limited and for a limited time.
    I am NEITHER disagreeing, nor agreeing with your assessment!

    I find in politics that many people who are politically connected
    get this type of endorsement, from people who have had good
    dealings with those people.
    PUSH COMES to SHOVE related to doing the right thing, the honorable
    thing, the ethical thing, the legal thing, when it means going against
    your political patrons and/allies.

    “I believe this because of the things he’s actually done versus what is said.”

    SEE ABOVE

    “I have a simple mind.”

    ROTFLMAO! 🙂

    Naaahhhh, I won’t go there. That is a LOB!

    Mike / Barry / the Voccolas have certain allies
    Mirons / Burturlas = same
    Butternuts = same

    In many cases they over lap.
    In some cases there is animousity, beyond Jeze feelings about Mirons.

    Politics makes strange bedfellows.

    Stratford and strange, begin with the same first 4 letters.
    Strange stratford politics is ruted to have good fellows …


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