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Ganim Lays Off About Two-Dozen Bridgeport Employees

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim presents his State of the City on Thursday, March 3. Later that week, he laid off a number of city employees.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim presents his State of the City on Thursday, March 3. Later that week, he laid off a number of city employees. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Mayor Joe Ganim has reportedly laid off about two-dozen city of Bridgeport employees in the past week, a move he called a tax savings but his opponents characterized as politically motivated, the Connecticut Post said.

According to the Post, the layoffs, which will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, included:

  • Tax Assessor Elaine Carvalho
  • Kristin duBay Horton, director of health and social services
  • Parks Manager Andy Valeri
  • Human Resources boss Jodie Paul-Arndt
  • Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, a deputy public facilities director
  • Public works staffer John Cottell, who oversaw utilities and energy conservation
  • Judy Marella, from the after-school Lighthouse Program
  • Kim Rose of the building and anti-blight departments, handling permits and complaints.

And another Bridgeport employee left on his own, according to the Post. David Kooris, the city’s director of economic development, will leave in about a month for a job managing a federally funded project to improve shoreline infrastructure in Bridgeport and elsewhere, the Post said.

Click here to read the story about the layoffs and click here to read about David Kooris at the Connecticut Post website.

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