Mayor and candidate trade barbs

September 29, 2011 • 8
Scathing words between Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and Jeffrey Kerekes, his challenger in November’s mayoral election, made Wednesday the most heated day of the campaign so far. A tax dispute between the city and Bruce Becker SOM ’85 ARC ’85, the architect and developer of 360 State St., served as a catalyst for an exchange »
New Haven public school curricula have been reworked to foster a “college-going culture” in the city.

New curriculum to buoy Promise

September 27, 2011 • 0
Thanks to a revamped curriculum for New Haven public schools unveiled Monday, the city’s effort to build a “college-going culture” will now start as early as pre-kindergarten. The curriculum, dubbed “Pathways to Promise,” is a pre-K through eighth-grade supplement to the New Haven Promise college scholarship program that was rolled out last fall with funding »

State utilities provider questioned over Irene

September 27, 2011 • 0
Utility executives got an earful from Connecticut residents and local officials in Hartford on Monday afternoon at the second of two hearings evaluating response efforts to Tropical Storm Irene. Irene knocked out the lights in over 700,000 homes on the morning of Aug. 28, making it the worst power outage in the state’s history. Connecticut »
Vinay Nayak '14 speaks to his campaign supporters on Old Campus.

Nayak rallies supporters

September 26, 2011 • 2
The campaign for Ward 1 alderman is now in full swing. A week after Sarah Eidelson ’12 kicked off her bid for the office with a meet-and-greet, Vinay Nayak ’14 spoke to dozens of supporters outside Lanman-Wright Hall on Old Campus Sunday afternoon. About 35 students donning “Vote Vinay” T-shirts registered voters as pop tunes »
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. explained to aldermen on the finance committee that a state grant for school construction resulted in a net surplus in last year’s budget.

Elm City gets one-time revenue boost

September 22, 2011 • 0
In a rare piece of good news for New Haven’s fiscal situation, the arrival of a check from Hartford wiped away last year’s budget deficit. With an $11.2 million reimbursement for two school construction projects, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said the city would pay down last year’s $5.5 million budget deficit and fix an accounting »
Sarah Eidelson ’12 and Vinay Nayak ’14 are candidates for Ward 1 alderman, an area that includes Old Campus and eight of the colleges.

Ward 1 candidates differ little in ideology

September 22, 2011 • 5
While candidates Vinay Nayak ’14 and Sarah Eidelson ’12 are running against each other for the Ward 1 alderman seat, the race has revealed that the two differ little in their ideology — especially on union issues. Last Tuesday, a slate of labor union-backed candidates ousted several incumbents in primaries across the city and raised »

Music Initiative to continue

September 19, 2011 • 10
Yale lost its leading musical ambassador to New Haven public schools Thursday, but administrators at both the School of Music and city schools say they are committed to continuing his efforts. The week after the death of John Miller MUS ’07, the inaugural leader of the Music in the Schools Initiative, New Haven teachers and »

Primary losers plot comebacks

September 19, 2011 • 1
Last Tuesday’s Democratic primaries may have been the most significant New Haven has seen in a decade, but as some defeated candidates have made clear, this year’s political drama has only just begun. When the dust from the primaries settled, many familiar characters in the city’s politics had been ousted — notably 20-year incumbent and »

Yale police investigate “apparent suicide”

September 15, 2011 • 131
Yale police are investigating a death that occurred on campus Thursday, which the University and police have termed an “apparent suicide.” John Miller MUS ’07, the School of Music’s manager of community programs, died after falling from the fourth story window of Hendrie Hall at 165 Elm St. Miller was discovered lying on the pavement »
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. celebrated his victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary with supporters at BAR after polls closed at 8 p.m.

DeStefano wins primary

September 14, 2011 • 2
Despite only managing to get 43.2 percent of the vote Tuesday, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. fended off three opponents in the most serious primary challenge he has faced in a decade. DeStefano’s victory stood in contrast to a night of celebrations by labor activists who helped a slate of 11 union-backed candidates win aldermanic seats »

Union victories dominate primaries

September 14, 2011 • 2
An effort by Yale and city unions to increase the power of labor on the Board of Aldermen won a resounding victory in Tuesday night’s Democratic primary. With Board President Carl Goldfield, a 20-year incumbent from Ward 29, falling to labor-backed candidate Brian Wingate and a slate of other union-endorsed candidates unseating incumbents Tuesday night, »

Primaries may shake up city politics

September 12, 2011 • 0
Polls are open this morning in what appears likely to be a dramatic Democratic primary. All eyes are on the mayoral primary, in which 18-year incumbent John DeStefano Jr. is confronting three spirited challengers as he runs for a record tenth term, but heated aldermanic races surrounding Yale’s campus have the potential to transform the »