Mayor's Biography

Mayor Bill Finch was born on March 4, 1956. He grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut. After working his way through the University of Connecticut, he moved to the city of Bridgeport.

He’s the proud father of four kids – Peter, Christopher, Atticus, and Aiden – all of whom have grown up in Bridgeport, attending Bridgeport public schools.

Bill Finch has dedicated his life to making Bridgeport a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
He was elected to the Bridgeport City Council in the 1990’s and served there for more than nine years. As a City Council member, he developed a strong reputation as a job creator and enhanced public safety by voting to add more police officers to the force and helping to crack down on illegal guns.

In 2000, he was elected to the State Senate, where he successfully fought to create jobs, make the state more business-friendly, promote green energy, crack down on underage drinking, and enhance gun control measures. During his tenure, he served as the chair of the Environment Committee and Majority Whip.

Bill Finch was elected as the Mayor of Bridgeport – Connecticut’s largest city – in November 2007. As mayor, he has successfully helped create jobs, grow the city’s economy, reign in city spending, enhance sustainability efforts, and move the city toward a stronger future.

In his first term, Mayor Finch focused heavily on getting the city’s spending under control, revitalizing the city’s downtown, and making Bridgeport one of the greenest cities in America.

He reduced the city’s spending by cutting down on staff, reducing overtime, eliminating nearly one hundred city employee take home cars, and creating efficiencies, in order to better serve city residents.

He helped create jobs and grow the city’s economy by revitalizing downtown Bridgeport, facilitating the first construction project in more than two decades, and by developing new residential spaces, resulting in the first population increase in Bridgeport in more than 60 years.

He helped make Bridgeport one of the greenest cities in America through his BGreen2020 project, which is a “greenprint” that includes more than 60 sustainability projects, including: new parks, green job creation, new green businesses, and new green energy initiatives.

He continued to champion revitalization efforts in his second term.

At Steelpointe, Bass Pro Shops anticipates opening for business in 2015, which will be a catalyst for Bridgeport's biggest initiative since the Industrial Revolution – the $1 billion development of the 52-acre peninsula on Long Island Sound.

Under his leadership, the city opened Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School, the City’s first new high school in 50 years. It contains three focused learning communities instructing in information technology and software engineering; zoological studies, research and biotechnology, and physical sciences, engineering and aerospace hydrospace science.

In 2013, Finch’s administration was instrumental in bringing to the city the Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, the largest fuel cell in North America that produces 14.9 megawatts of clean energy using an electro-chemical process that efficiently converts natural gas into electricity.

Mayor Finch’s reputation as a champion of green initiatives led to his appointment to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Task Force.

In 2014, the Finch administration plans to reopen Pleasure Beach, a picturesque seaside retreat that has been closed for nearly two decades. The city purchased two water taxis that will ferry residents to the peninsula so residents can enjoy sandy beaches and the beauty of nature.

As a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mayor Finch has championed reforms at the state and federal level to keep illegal weapons out of criminals’ hands and to protect citizens from violence. During his terms, Bridgeport has seen violence consistently drop and, in 2014, the homicide rate has been on pace to reach historic lows. He helped organize a successful gun buyback program that took in nearly 1,000 firearms that now can never be used to take an innocent life.

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Bill Finch
Mayor
Office of the Mayor
City of Bridgeport
Margaret E. Morton Government Center
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: (203) 576-7201
Fax: (203) 576-3913

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