Fmr. Bridgeport Mayor Ganim Released from Prison

By Jason Dusett
|  Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 AM EDT
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Fmr. Bridgeport Mayor Ganim Released from Prison

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Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim was released from prison Thursday.

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim was released from prison Thursday.

Ganim, 50, was convicted of 16 federal corruption charges.  He had been behind bars at McKean Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania since 2003.

Ganim will spend the final six months of his sentence at the Watkinson House, a halfway house in Hartford.   On Thursday, he was able to see his family.

"The whole family was there to meet him," said George Ganim Sr., the former mayor's father told The Connecticut Post. "Everybody was there and we shed some tears. I have to say it was one of the great joys in my life to see him back home."

Ganim must spend the time at the halfway house because he was diagnosed with a drug problem, the Post reported.

I'm glad he's back home," said Mario Testa, Bridgeport's Democratic Town Committee chairman told the Post. "At least now he can see his family more often. Six years is a long time to be away from them."

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