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Ganim sworn into office on Tuesday

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A former Bridgeport mayor who spent seven years behind bars for a corruption conviction will be sworn back into office on Tuesday.

Joe Ganim, 56, defeated incumbent Mayor Bill Finch for the Democratic nomination in September and captured the general election last month.

Ganim was released from a federal prison five years ago.

He previously served as Bridgeport's mayor from 1991 to 2003.

On Tuesday, he said it felt good to once again be back in the mayor's office, but adds that there is plenty of work to do.

"As much as it was a few minutes of 'wow, we're back,' and have an opportunity to focus on some of the challenges we know that are out there in the neighborhoods, immediately we became inundated with things that need out attention," Ganim said.

He added that a big issue he is just learning about is that outgoing Mayor Bill Finch signed off on retroactive raises for himself and a number of his political appointees.

The raises were tied to a union contract that was approved.

"I'm not criticizing it as an illegal pay or policy-wise, it was something that could have been stopped. It was pursuant to a contract, but the challenge is unfortunately, the mismanagement and the irresponsibility, is that it wasn't budget for the last three years and its going to lop on to this administration trying to balance this year's budget," Ganim said.

Ganim's new campaign ran on the promise of a more "transparent government."

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