|49th Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut|
|Preceded by||Leonard S. Paoletta|
|Succeeded by||Mary C. Moran|
|Born|| April 17, 1948 |
Thomas W. Bucci (born April 17, 1948) is an American attorney and the former mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bucci served two terms in office and was succeeded by Mary C. Moran. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Mary Chapar Moran is a former mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
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Bucci is the cousin of Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mario Testa.
Bucci graduated from Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Sacred Heart University (SHU) is a private Roman Catholic university in Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Sacred Heart was the first Catholic university in the United States to be staffed by the laity.
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Bucci was admitted to the bar in Connecticut in 1973 and is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.Bucci is a past president of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.
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Bucci is a founding partner of the law firm of Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, P.C.He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Connecticut v. Teal. Other notable cases include his defense of Dr. Moshe Gai, a professor who was fired from the University of Connecticut.
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Bucci was twice elected mayor of Bridgeport and served out both terms.
In 1985, Bucci won a four-way Democratic primary for mayor, defeating 1983 Democratic mayoral candidate Charles B. Tisdale, City Clerk Leonard L. Crone, and former mayor John C. Mandanici.Bucci then unseated incumbent mayor Leonard S. Paoletta, the Republican nominee, in the general election.
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In 1987, Bucci won the Democratic primary by a margin of 3-1, defeating State Representative Robert T. Keeley Jr.
In 1989, Bucci lost his bid for a third term to Mary Moran by a margin of 54% vs. 40%, with 6% going to minor candidates.
In 1987, Money magazine ranked Bridgeport as the nation's 37th-best place to live. In response, newspaper columnist Mike Levine of Middletown, New York —which had come in 38th—repeated a slur in his column (attributed to Paul Newman) that Bridgeport is "the armpit of New England."
In April 1988, the city experienced a $24.4 million budget deficit, and Bucci proposed an 18-19% tax increase in an attempt to help the city with its financial straits.
In 1988, the City of Bridgeport agreed to let the State of Connecticut monitor city finances in exchange for a "bailout" of $58.3 million in state-backed bonds for deficit relief.
On June 6, 1991, the City of Bridgeport (then under Bucci's successor, Mayor Mary Moran) filed a Chapter 9 petition (municipal bankruptcy) in U.S. bankruptcy court.The city faced a $12 million gap in its fiscal year 1991-92 budget of $304 million. The Bridgeport Financial Review Board immediately passed a resolution blocking the city from seeking bankruptcy protection and adopted a $319 budget for the city, ordering an 18% increase in property taxes. Bucci warned at the time that steep declines in property values could occur in the city.
Bucci was mayor during the 1990 United States Census, where he sought to ensure that the homeless were included in the count.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on April 23, 1987, 28 construction workers were killed when the sixteen storey L'Ambiance Plaza building project collapsed. Bucci was quoted as saying "It's a sight out of Beirut, Lebanon."
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