About Mayor Bill Finch
Bill Finch was elected Mayor of Bridgeport in November 2007, after serving seven years in the State Senate representing the 22nd Senatorial District.
As a result of innovative initiatives and policies under the Finch Administration, the City of Bridgeport has cut spending, brought dozens of businesses to its downtown and is cleaner and greener than ever.
As Mayor of Bridgeport, Finch has focused on professionalizing city government – cutting workforce, reining in police overtime, eliminating nearly 100 take-home cars and creating efficiencies to best serve residents. Mayor Finch has also stabilized the city’s finances – reducing spending three consecutive years.
During the Finch Administration, the City’s downtown saw its first new construction in more than two decades – Bijou Square, a mixed-use development on Fairfield Avenue which includes the new building housing 84 new units and seven commercial spaces was completed in 2010 with the help of CHFA/GE funds. With the fall 2011 completion of 333 State Street, another adaptive reuse of a long-shuttered building at one of downtown’s most visible corners, there will be approximately 1,500 people calling the downtown area their home. The increase in market rate housing accounts for the population growth that was recorded in the 2010 Census figures, the first time Bridgeport’s population has increased in 60 years.
Mayor Finch has long been a conservationist and advocate for programs, legislation and organizations that promote green living and green business in the state of Connecticut. In his first year in office, Mayor Finch signed an Executive Order to promote sustainability in the Park City. The Mayor then assembled a team of 100 volunteers who worked tirelessly for 18 months to compile the BGreen 2020 initiative, which serves as a “Greenprint” for the City’s overall vision for and path forward for the “green” economy. Among the programs included in BGreen2020 are: Solar leasing of rooftops; a comprehensive energy plan; increasing recycling rates and moving to single stream recycling and a Parks Master Plan for the City, the first time in 100 years.
As a state legislator and as Mayor, Finch has been one of the leading voices in Connecticut on tax reform. In 2008, the Mayor was recognized for his tax reform efforts with the Regional Impact Award by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
In April 2009, the Mayor’s dedication to the small business sector in the City of Bridgeport, earned him the prestigious Small Business Advocate Award presented by PartnerAmerica™, a public/private partnership of The United States Conference of Mayors and American Management Services. One of his first acts as Mayor was to establish the Small and Minority Business Resource Office, to help small and minority business owners gain contracts with the city.
In 2008 and 2010, the local environmental group Conscious Decisions recognized Mayor Finch with its Green Coast Award for his conservation and sustainability efforts in the City of Bridgeport and the region. Most recently, Mayor Finch was inducted into the National Environmental Hall of Fame, and was named a “Green Advocate” by Business New Haven in its annual “Green Awards” issue.
On the national front, Mayor Finch is a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serves on its Nominating Committee, and was recently appointed as co-chair of the Climate Protection Task Force. In April 2010, he traveled to China as part of a small group of U.S. Mayors to discuss sustainability and green initiatives with their counterparts in China.
Mayor Finch graduated from the University of Connecticut. He lives with his wife, Sonya, and their two boys, Atticus and Aiden; his two older sons, Peter and Christopher, both grew up in Bridgeport and attended Bridgeport public schools.