Mary C. Moran
|50th Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut|
November 13, 1989 – November 11, 1991
|Preceded by||Thomas W. Bucci|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Ganim|
August 1, 1933 |
Mary Chapar Moran (born August 1, 1933) is a former mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Mayor of Bridgeport
In 1989, Moran–then "a self-described housewife and real-estate broker" without experience in public office—won the Republican nomination for mayor in an upset, narrowly defeating the party-endorsed candidate, former Leonard S. Paoletta, with 2,004 votes (50.4%) to Paoletta's 1,972 votes (49.6%). Moran proceeded to defeat two-term incumbent mayor Thomas W. Bucci. Moran was a Republican in a heavily Democratic city, yet won the election by 11 percentage points. Moran was sworn in at the Klein Memorial Auditorium on November 13, 1989. In 1988, the year prior to her election, the State of Connecticut had imposed a financial review board for the city.
In 1991, Moran became famous for filing a municipal bankruptcy petition for the city in U.S. bankruptcy court in an effort to avoid an 18 percent tax that the financial review board had proposed. The petition was unsuccessful; the bankruptcy court determined that Bridgeport was not insolvent.
Moran's move was deeply unpopular, even vilified. The filing "made Connecticut's largest city a symbol of the nation's urban struggles." In a 2012 op-ed, Moran defended the decision as the only way to address Bridgeport's steep structural budget deficits.
- Steve Halvonik, Groups Credit Smith With Assist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 9, 1990).
- Nick Ravo, A Novice Reigns as Bridgeport Mayor, New York Times (November 15, 1989).
- For First Time, Democrats Choose A Black for Mayor in New Haven, Associated Press (September 14, 1989).
- Gerald Benjamin & Richard P. Nathan, Regionalism and Realism: A Study of Governments in the New York Metropolitan Area (Bookings Institution Press: 2001), p. 13.
- Rob Sullivan, Political Corruption in Bridgeport: Scandal in the Park City (The History Press, 2014), p. 93.
- David Berman, Local Government and the States: Autonomy, Politics and Policy: Autonomy, Politics and Policy (Routledge, 2015).
- Jeff Holtz, Bridgeport Mayor's Office, and Race for It, Drawing Spotlight as Usual, New York Times (June 10, 2007).
- Benjamin & Nathan, p. 13.
- George Judson, U.S. Judge Blocks Bridgeport From Bankruptcy Court, New York Times (August 2, 1991).
- Sullivan, p. 93.
- Mary C. Moran, In 1991, bankruptcy was best for Bridgeport, Connecticut Post (September 14, 2012).
- Kirk Johnson, Bridgeport Mayor Falls, but No Wide Anti-Incumbent Trend Is Seen, New York Times (November 6, 1991).
- Kirk Johnson, New Mayor in Bridgeport Faces the Same Old Problems, New York Times (November 7, 1991).