Politicians, Prison & Penitence: Bridgeport, CT Mayor Joseph Ganim on White Collar Week

White Collar Week with Jeff Grant, Podcast Ep. 16, Guest: Bridgeport, CT Mayor Joseph Ganim

Link: https://prisonist.org/white-collar-week-with-jeff-grant-podcast-ep-16-bridgeport-ct-mayor-joseph-ganim/

Today on the podcast, we have Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim. After five terms as the mayor of the largest city in the state of Connecticut from 1991 to 2003, Joe was brought down in a corruption scandal for which he served six years in a federal prison. After his release from prison, in 2015 Joe ran again for mayor of Bridgeport and he was reelected. He is currently serving his seventh term as mayor.

Controversial? Sure. But what I find most fascinating about Joe is his resilience and resourcefulness — his willingness to take risks and subject himself to public scrutiny after all he’d been through. Certainly, his story is a lesson to other people convicted of felonies that life is not over once you go to prison.

Full disclosure: In 2016 and 2017, I served as Co-Chairperson of the Advisory Board to the City of Bridgeport Mayor’s Initiative on Reentry Affairs.

So coming up, Mayor Joseph Ganim on White Collar Week. I hope you will join us. — Jeff

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White Collar Week with Jeff Grant, Podcast Ep. 13: Everything but Bridgegate with Bill Baroni

Link: https://prisonist.org/white-collar-week-with-jeff-grant-podcast-ep-13-everything-but-bridgegate-with-bill-baroni/

Today on the podcast, we have as our guest, Bill Baroni — or as they called him in federal prison, Billy Bridgegate.

Bill was arrested, tried, found guilty and served time for his role in the infamous Bridgegate corruption scandal that destroyed the presidential aspirations of former New Jersey governor, Chris Christie. Bill’s conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court! Today he is felony-free and talks with us about his journey.

We are calling this episode “Everything but Bridgegate” because Bill can’t discuss the nuts and bolts of the scandal due to pending legal matters. But what Bill does share with us is an amazing story of power, abuse of power, ambition, navigation of the criminal justice system as it applies to people prosecuted for white collar crimes, and ultimate vindication.

So coming up, Everything but Bridgegate. Bill Baroni. On White Collar Week. I hope you will join us. — Jeff

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Blessings, לשלום

Jeff

Rev. Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div. (he, him, his)
Co-founder, Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., Greenwich CT & Nationwide
Co-host, The Criminal Justice Insider Podcast
Host, White Collar Week
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Jeff Grant

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Jeff is practices law in NYC at GrantLaw, PLLC, providing private general counsel, white collar crisis management, and dispute strategy and management services.