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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Farrells Bridgeport Summit Plan Draws

Farrells Bridgeport Summit Plan Draws Coverage from AP
Westport First Selectwoman Diane FarrellҒs plan for a May 9 summit to discuss Bridgeports economic development has drawn coverage from The Associated Press.

In a story moved for Sunday newspapers in the state, which will get it widespread distribution, the AP quoted Farrell as saying: ғWe have a moment here. We can’t just simply turn our backs on Bridgeport.”

Comparing Westport to Bridgeport, the story said: Farrell leads a town that celebrities such as Paul Newman and Martha Stewart have called home - a contrast with Bridgeport, where poverty is so severe that Mother Teresa’s order opened a mission in 2001.Ӕ

The AP quoted Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi, who replaced Joe Ganim following his conviction on corruption charges, as enthusiastically endorsing the summit.

Fabrizi said he wants to show the city is a good place to invest and hopes to win the support of Farrell and officials from other towns to get more state funding for economic development.

“I’m elated that she’s exemplified the leadership to try to help,” he said. “That’s what we need.”



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