Bill Finch

Office of Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim / Twitter

The mayor of Connecticut’s largest city says he balanced the city’s budget within the first six months of his term. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he did this by selling land and collecting overdue taxes, among other things.

Ganim says he inherited a $20 million budget deficit from his predecessor Bill Finch. Ganim is a former mayor and ex-convict. He defeated Finch in a heated primary last year. Av Harris, Ganim’s spokesperson, alleges Finch didn’t tell Ganim about the deficit.

Will Ganim BGreen?

Dec 18, 2015
bridgeportct.gov

Now that Bridgeport has a new mayor, the city’s efforts to transform itself into an environmental showpiece may be in jeopardy.

BGreen 2020 was an energy and environmental sustainability policy championed by former Mayor Bill Finch. It was introduced in 2010 and many of its projects have already been implemented.

But Finch lost the primary in the fall to Joe Ganim, and environmental policy wasn’t a major focus of Ganim’s campaign.

Davis Dunavin

Bill Finch says he’s ending his campaign for re-election in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Finch is the current mayor, and was the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate heading into the party’s Sept. 16 primary. He lost that primary to former mayor and convicted felon Joe Ganim.

Douglas Healey, Bob Child / Associated Press

This year’s local elections in Connecticut are anything but dull. The primaries held earlier this month saw three incumbent Democratic mayors lose to their challengers.

New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio conceded to his challenger Mike Passero for the Democratic nomination.

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra packed in his re-election campaign and called on his supporters to back rival Luke Bronin.

And then there’s Bridgeport.

Mayor Bill Finch lost the Democratic nomination to former Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim. But Finch is not giving up.

(AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

Bridgeport, Connecticut mayor Bill Finch said he’ll go to court to challenge a decision from the Secretary of the State saying he cannot appear on the ballot this November as a third-party mayoral candidate.

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