Mayor Resigns After Corruption Conviction

From Times Wire Reports

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, convicted last week of 16 corruption charges, announced he will resign from office.

His resignation becomes effective Friday.

Ganim was convicted March 20 of racketeering, extortion and other charges alleging he accepted more than $500,000 in illegal benefits in return for steering millions of dollars in city contracts to his associates and their clients.

The benefits included cash, expensive wine, designer clothing, lavish meals and home improvements, according to testimony.