BRIDGEPORT — In a close vote, the City Council’s Contracts Committee preliminarily blessed a New York-based developer’s $400 million vision for a pair of historic downtown theaters — but only after meeting behind closed doors to view a pair of rejected proposals. In fact economic development staff had to temporarily leave Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall and rush to their downtown offices to...

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport residents can look forward to entertainment and retail spaces as well as affordable housing units in the northern section of downtown now that a developer has been selected to renovate and restore the Majestic Theater, the Poli Palace Theater and the Savoy Hotel. Exact Capital Group LLC has been selected to complete the renovation project, Mayor Joe Ganim...

BRIDGEPORT — Rehabilitating and reopening Main Street’s long-dormant Majestic and Poli Palace theaters and the old Savoy Hotel would be accomplishment enough. But Exact Capital Group, the Manhattan-based real estate developer that Mayor Joe Ganim has chosen to revitalize the historic structures at the northern gateway to downtown, does not want to stop there. The company’s plans include two 18-story residential towers...

More than a decade since a dream was born for Harlem’s derelict Victoria Theater site, a new future at 233 W. 125th St. is really, truly, at hand. The $178 million, mixed-use project atop the theater’s famous facade is expected to open by spring 2019. The 1917 Victoria served as a vaudeville house and later as a cinema until it closed...

ALBANY—Former Governor David Paterson was paid at least $386,000 in 2013 to consult for various interest groups, including $50,000 to help a Republican-linked firm handle a “public relations problem” for one of its clients, records show. Paterson, the recently named chairman of the Democratic state committee, was paid between $50,000 and $75,000 from Mercury LLC, according to a 2013 financial disclosure...