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Flap Over School Board Appointment Roils Bridgeport; Trustee Sues Mayor

Maria Pereira, a trustee on the Bridgeport Board of Education, has sued the city's mayor, Joe Ganim, saying he illegally appointed a board member in July. Four trustees boycotted Monday's board meeting, demanding Pereira resign.
Maria Pereira, a trustee on the Bridgeport Board of Education, has sued the city's mayor, Joe Ganim, saying he illegally appointed a board member in July. Four trustees boycotted Monday's board meeting, demanding Pereira resign. Photo Credit: Ballotpedia
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has been sued by a member of the city's Board of Education who says he illegally appointed a school trustee. The mayor's spokesman said Ganim had to step in after the board missed a deadline to fill the empty seat.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has been sued by a member of the city's Board of Education who says he illegally appointed a school trustee. The mayor's spokesman said Ganim had to step in after the board missed a deadline to fill the empty seat. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- Four members of the Bridgeport Board of Education who boycotted its Monday meeting are calling for the resignation of a fellow trustee who, just hours before, sued the city and Mayor Joe Ganim, according to a report by News12.

Maria Pereira’s lawsuit says Ganim illegally appointed Annette Segarra Negron to fill a vacancy on the board in July, according to a report by the Connecticut Post.

Negron, a Republican and Bridgeport native who worked for the state Department of Education, filled the post left vacant by the sudden resignation of David Hennessey, the Connecticut Post report said.

Hennessey, who was elected to the board as a Democrat, changed his party affiliation to Republican just before departing, the Connecticut Post story said.

According to the Connecticut Post, the board was told then it had 30 days to replace Hennessey, and the replacement had to be a Republican.

Av Harris, a Ganim spokesman, told News12 the mayor made the appointment after the board missed the deadline.

The trustees plan to stay away from future meetings until Pereira resigns, the News12 story said.

To read the News12 report, click here .

To read the Connecticut Post reports, click here and here .

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