Current Ward 9 Alderman Matt Smith ’98 (top) is facing a tough primary challenge from former union organizer Jessica Holmes (bottom).

Labor fuels heat in Ward 9 race

September 12, 2011 • 2
As the aldermanic candidates in Ward 9, a mecca of Yale graduate students and faculty, head into Tuesday’s primary, the words between them have grown increasingly charged. In an election season that has been defined by labor tensions, Ward 9 is no exception. In an explicit push by both Yale and city unions to beef »
Governor Malloy called Stefan Pryor ’93 “the whole package.”

Malloy names Eli to top education post

September 8, 2011 • 0
HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel Malloy’s choice to fill the state’s top education post, Stefan Pryor ’93 LAW ’98, has deep roots in both Yale and New Haven. A former Ward 1 alderman, Pryor helped found one of the nation’s first charter schools, Amistad Academy, after working for Mayor John DeStefano Jr. as a policy aide »

Effort to lower voting age hits snag

September 7, 2011 • 0
Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting was a defeat for The New 18, a group of New Haven high school students aiming to lower the state’s voting age to 16. By a vote of 13 to nine, aldermen rejected a measure that would have put the question of lowering the voting age on the city »

Ward primaries near

September 6, 2011 • 587
While Yale students registered to vote in Ward 1 will have to wait until November to vote for their alderman, students in Wards 2 and 22 will cast ballots in two heated primaries in just one week. Mirroring what has been the most contentious election season New Haven has seen in a decade, aldermanic candidates »
On Monday, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. joined the Yale College Democrats for their kickoff event.

Yale Dems host DeStefano

September 6, 2011 • 3
A familiar face returned to the Yale College Democrats’ annual kickoff event Monday night: Mayor John DeStefano Jr., who is heading into the last week of the most intense campaign for his seat since 2001. While the event was not officially connected to the Sept. 13 mayoral primary in which DeStefano is attempting to fend »
Downed trees and other cleanup costs are expected to cost the City of New Haven around $3.3 million.

In Irene’s wake, Elm City left powerless

September 5, 2011 • 0
A week after Tropical Storm Irene robbed more than 17,000 New Haven homes of their power, many Yale students’ homes were among the last still in the dark Sunday evening. Despite a vow by United Illuminating Company, Greater New Haven’s main power supplier, to restore power to all New Haven customers by Saturday night, 172 »
Mayor John DeStefano’s most recent television ad sparked debate about his campaign’s ethics Thursday.

DeStefano ad sparks claims of corruption

September 1, 2011 • 3
In the latest controversy of the city’s most competitive mayoral race in a decade, a television ad recently released by Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s reelection campaign triggered allegations of unethical campaign tactics from his opponents Thursday. Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools Reginald Mayo asked staff members to appear in the ad, a 30-second spot »
Several New Haven high school students are petitioning New Haven to lower the voting age in the city to 16.

New Haven teens lobby for voting power

September 1, 2011 • 3
A teenager-led campaign to lower Connecticut’s voting age to 16 formally arrived on the political scene Wednesday. At a public hearing of the Board of Aldermen’s Youth Services Committee, several New Haven high school students testified in favor of a resolution that would put the question of lowering the state’s voting age on the city »

Irene knocks out power

August 31, 2011 • 0
The apartments and houses of many off-campus Yale students are among the approximately 6,700 residences that remain without power as the city and the University work to undo the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene. About a third of New Haven was without power at the peak of the storm Sunday, and large swaths of the »
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. faces his toughest primary election since 2001 this year, with four Democratic challengers seeking to unseat him.

Contested mayoral race begins

August 31, 2011 • 8
With the Democratic primary now less than two weeks away, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and his four challengers are gearing up for the home stretch in the most heated mayoral contest the city has seen since 2001. In his quest for a record 10th term as mayor, DeStefano faces budget watchdog Jeffrey Kerekes, civil rights »

New Haven spared worst of Irene’s wrath

August 28, 2011 • 1
Hurricane Irene’s visit to New Haven was shorter than expected, but it did linger long enough to knock down about 1,250 trees, flood several major roads and leave a quarter of homes in the city without power. With Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s lifting this afternoon of the mandatory evacuation order he issued Saturday for the »

Eidelson ’12 enters race

August 26, 2011 • 3
With Sarah Eidelson ’12 jumping into the Ward 1 aldermanic race this August, Yalies will have a choice this November when they elect their City Hall representative. Eidelson ’12, a Bala Cynwyd, Penn., native and rising Jonathan Edwards senior, transformed an uncontested race by announcing on Aug. 14 that she will run for Ward 1 »