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Former Bridgeport Mayor Nick Panuzio dead at 83

May 4, 2019

Former Bridgeport Mayor Nicholas A. Panuzio, who resigned in 1975 after four years in office to serve in the administration of President Gerald Ford, died Friday night at age 83.

His son, Nicholas Panuzio Jr., said Saturday morning that the former Republican mayor died in Easton, Maryland, from complications following surgery. A 1974 candidate for governor, Panuzio resigned two months short of his second term as mayor, back when there were enough Republican voters in the city to contest mayoral elections.

After serving as deputy administrator of the General Service Administration, Panuzio stayed in the Washington area, establishing a career in public relations. He was also the city’s lobbyist in the nation’s capital.

Ken Dixon contributed to this report.

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