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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Friday defended the state’s controversial financial bailout of Hartford following complaints from other cities and some state lawmakers that the deal is too generous.

In March, the mayors of Bridgeport and New Haven called on state lawmakers to scrutinize the state’s $550 million bailout of Hartford. They questioned why the state would agree to cover the capital city’s debt payments for the next two decades.

Bridgeport Demolishes Blighted Properties

Apr 10, 2018
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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.”

Mayor Ganim Touts $2.5 Billion In Development Projects

Apr 6, 2018
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The Mayor of Connecticut’s largest city says Bridgeport has more than $2.5 billion worth of proposed projects that are under construction or ready to break ground this year.

In his third State of the City Address this week, Mayor Joe Ganim said those projects include more than 400 new units of housing, transforming the ballpark at Harbor Yard into a new amphitheater, and more places to eat downtown.

Ganim said the projects will be a boost to the city’s tax base and skyline, at a time when a number of businesses have announced that they’re leaving Connecticut.

Bridgeport, Live Nation Announce Amphitheater Plans

Mar 29, 2018
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The City of Bridgeport and Live Nation, one of the largest entertainment promoters in the world, have announced their formal design plans for a new amphitheater.

It will replace the ballpark at Harbor Yard, which was home to the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team for 19 years.

The amphitheater will seat 5,500 people, and host 50 to 75 events between spring and fall each year.

Construction will begin in about two months, and it’s expected to open by the spring of next year.

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The mayors of Connecticut’s two biggest cities are questioning the fairness of a state plan to pay off Hartford’s debt.