Mayor who won back office after prison reflects on the year

It appears life is back to normal for Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a year after he reclaimed the city’s top office in a stunning comeback from his seven-year prison stint for public corruption.

The Democrat sits behind his old desk again. The antique maps of Connecticut’s largest city that previously adorned his office are back on the walls. The escalators in the government center, which had been turned off by Ganim’s predecessor to conserve energy, are whirring once again in fulfillment of a campaign promise.

And despite the fact few Democratic politicians were willing to publicly support him in the 2015 election, Ganim told The Associated Press he has been pleased by the positive reception he has received over the past year from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, members of the state’s congressional delegation and fellow municipal leaders.

“It’s funny how things change at 8:05 election night. The whole world changed,” he said, adding how it’s been “business as usual, in a positive way” between him and other politicians.

“If there were any other feelings or expectations, I tip my hat to them and I hope they tip their hat to me. It’s just been like, ‘What do we need to get this done on every level?'” Ganim said, noting how Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly voted in the last legislative session to allow Bridgeport to restructure payments to city employee pension funds. The vote came as Ganim faced a $20 million deficit.

Malloy later signed the bill into law.

Ganim, 57, surprised many when he defeated Mayor Bill Finch and…

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