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Flap Over $400,000 Taxpayer-Paid Private Driveway Results In Firing; FBI Investigates

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A sign outside Bridgeport City Hall. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A sign outside Bridgeport City Hall. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bridgeport’s mayor has fired the manager of Sikorsky Airport as authorities investigate why taxpayers paid for a driveway leading to a mansion of an airport neighbor.  

The Connecticut Post reports  John Ricci was fired Thursday from his $94,000-a-year job.

The city paid $400,000 for the driveway and Ricci hired the mansion’s owner, developer Manuel Moutinho, to build it.

Ricci has acknowledged that he also had private business dealings with Moutinho, but says the city was aware of that relationship.  City records show the two were involved in property transactions.

The city’s attorney had previously defended the driveway deal as necessary for the creation of a safety zone around the airport.

The newspaper reports the FBI has been investigating the contract.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com
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