Bad enough that Bridgeport political and business leaders are trying to reduce the democratic rights of Bridgeport voters, but the next most shocking factor is they are using the people’s money to do it.
In addition to all the time Mayor Finch has dedicated to the effort, a major portion of the money that is paying for all the mailings and television ads have been donated by United Illuminating, Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center, Aquarion Water Company and Harbor Yard, all entities funded, at least in part, by Bridgeport residents and Connecticut taxpayers.
Add $20,000 from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Residents For A Better Bridgeport, the political action committee behind the campaign to support Mayor Bill Finch’s power grab to eliminate a democratically elected school board and replace it with one appointed by him, will break all the records when it comes to spending money on behalf of a charter change.
Bridgeport Hospital donated $14,422.90
St. Vincent Medical Center donated $14,400
United Illuminating donated $10,000
Aquarion Water Company donated $14,000
Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment donated $14,442.90
Think about it…
Bridgeport’s two hospitals that are dedicated to providing emergency and critical care to the people Bridgeport and Fairfield County.
Last year, Bridgeport Hospital provided $13.6 million in care to people who had no health insurance. Add in the bad debts from people who couldn’t pay their full bill, and Bridgeport’s total level of uncompensated care exceeded $41.9 million
Meanwhile, St. Vincent Medical Center provided $9 million in care to those with no health insurance. Add in their bad patient debts and St. Vincent’s total uncompensated care was $41.8 million.
However, apparently they both have the financial resources to make maximum donations to an effort to undermine democracy in the city that they call home.
And yet, every year, these two hospitals beg the Governor and General Assembly for financial support to stay in business.
So how do these hospitals stay in business?
The State of Connecticut provides these hospitals with major subsidies, using taxpayer funds.
Meanwhile, storm or no storm, UI can find an extra $10,000, the regional water company $14,000 and the publicly funded Harbor Yard can find just over $14,400. All receive direct funding from taxpayers, rate payers, tax breaks or money from the hard working families of the region.
But without your knowledge or support, some of these funds are being diverted from providing services to paying for Mayor Finch’s immoral political power grab.
Of course, when it comes to using scarce resources, corporate executives, like those at the two hospitals Bridgeport hospitals find other favorite ways to spend your money:
Bridgeport Hospital: Total salary and compensation for top corporate executivesPresident/CEO William Jennings: $764,770 Senior Vice President of Finance/CFO $688,999 Senior VP of Human Resources $468,241 Senior VP/COO $458,001 Vice President $452,611
St. Vincent Medical Center: Total salary and compensation for top corporate executivesPresident/CEO Susan David $1,484,755 Senior VP of Finance/CFO $567,478 Senior VP $ $456,215 Vice President $455,920
So next time you pay your taxes, or write out your health insurance premium payment, or pay your water bill or simply try to come up with the money to take your kids to an entertainment event, remember just where some of that money is going.
And it’s not like there is no one who could step in and stop this madness.
All of these organizations have Boards of Trustees or executive leadership teams who could be speaking out for the people of the region…but they aren’t.
Bridgeport Hospital Board of Trustees:David Bindelglass Emily E. Blair Gayle L. Capozzalo George P. Carter John Falconi Robert S. Folman Richard M. Freedman Janet M. Hansen Richard M. Hoyt William G. Hulcher Peter F. Hurst William M. Jennings Newman Marsilius, III Patricia L. McDermott Ronald B. Noren Jeffrey P. Pino Meredith B. Reuben Howard L. Taubin
St. Vincent Medical Center Board of TrusteesSr. Martha Beaudoin Peter Boone Susan L. Davis George Goldfarb Daniel Gottschall Edward T. Grossman Sr. Maura Hobart Anthony Milano Manuel Pun Ruben Rodriguez Charles Strauss Anthony Vallillo Brian Worrell
United Illuminating Board of DirectorsThelma R. Albright Arnold L. Chase Betsy Henley-Cohn Suedeen G. Kelly John L. Lahey Daniel J. Miglio William F. Murdy Donald R. Shassian James P. Torgerson
Aquarion Water Company ExecutivesCharles V. Firlotte , President and Chief Executive Officer
Donald J. Morrissey, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Howard J. Dunn, Vice President, Operations – Aquarion Company Bruce T. Silverstone, Vice President, Corporate Communications Doug Kniffin, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Here are just a few of the companies and organizations that are funding the anti-democracy campaign. More names to come…
|Aquarium Water Company:||$14,000|
|AT&T Connecticut Employee PAC||$2,000|
|Benchmark Trademark Ltd||$5,000|
|Bradford Evans (Senior Advisor Morgan Stanley)||$25,000|
|Bismark Construction Company||$3,500|
|Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Company||$14,000|
|Charles Valentino, State Marshall||$1,000|
|CT Coalition for Advancement Now (ConnAD)||$14,000|
|Hal Rosnick (Attorney)||$500|
|Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment LLC||$14,442.90|
|Jarvis Group LLC, NY (in-kind video)||$14,376.40|
|Juda Epstein (Attorney)||$1,000.00|
|Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City||$25,000|
|Michael Halperin, Washington, CT||$2,500|
|Poko Core Builders, Farmington, CT||$2,500|
|Pullman & Comley (law firm with significant state business)||$7,000|
|St. Vincent’s Hospital||$14,400|
|Steven Simmons, Greenwich, CT||$1,000|
|WC & F Real Estate and Development||$1,000|
|Zachary Zeitlin (Silver Point Capital, Westport)||$2,000|
|2 Dog Media (in-kind web design)||$1,200|
|*The Latest from the CT Post can be found here:http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Ed-board-charter-change-divides-voters-4007166.php|