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Gaston, Gee juggling legislative roles with Bridgeport city jobs

BRIDGEPORT — Although technically a part-time job, being a state legislator is still a time-consuming responsibility — between helping constituents locally and attending meetings and votes at the state Capitol in Hartford.

Yet two of Bridgeport’s newly elected lawmakers — Democrats Herron Gaston and Fred Gee — also have full-time municipal jobs and are local religious leaders as well.

And some wonder if they will be able to juggle it all, or if the taxpayers funding their city and state salaries will get short-changed.

Gaston and Gee were elected last November to, respectively, the state Senate and House of Representatives, just in time to benefit from a pay hike that saw legislator’s salaries increase for the first time in a couple decades, from $28,000 to $40,000.

Gaston also earns $142,591 as Bridgeport’s assistant chief administrative officer. That department, run by CAO Janene Hawkins, essentially manages the city for Mayor Joe Ganim and is currently short-staffed. Ganim fired a second assistant CAO last July.

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