NEWPORT, R.I. -- The city of Bridgeport, Conn., plans to challenge the legal footing of a state board that has overseen the city's finances since 1988, an attorney said yesterday.

Richard D. Zeisler, a lawyer with the Bridgeport firm of Zeisler & Zeisler, which is advising the city, said the issue will be one focus of newly announced hearings slated for June 26. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan H.W. Shiff late last week scheduled the hearings to examine the relation between the state's Bridgeport Financial Review Board and the city government.

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