Bridgeport far too sluggish to slice COVID assist checks

BRIDGEPORT — When Mayor Joe Ganim in mid-April held a media celebration touting the recipients of $1 million in federal little small business pandemic relief, he used an oversize check as a prop.

Two months afterwards, a vast majority of people 150 or so institutions are nonetheless waiting for their genuine checks to arrive.

“I acquired a letter congratulating me but I didn’t get no money however,” stated Joan Anderson, whose Joan’s Bridal Boutique certified for the $5,000 minimum amount grant. The utmost was $15,000.

“I’m nevertheless guiding on my mild invoice and my gas monthly bill,” Anderson stated. “I’m striving to shell out them, little by tiny. It would assistance.”