Labor supporters poured onto the New Haven Green on March 30 for the “We Are One” rally.

UP CLOSE | DeStefano’s balancing act

April 25, 2011 • 4
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. used to hang a picture of his father on the door to his office overlooking the New Haven Green. In the picture, John DeStefano Sr., a former New Haven Police Department officer, is walking a picket line in his NHPD uniform. So the sight of more than 200 enraged police officers, »

Malloy budget gets green light

April 24, 2011 • 0
In a victory for Gov. Dannel Malloy, state lawmakers moved the governor’s budget proposals closer to law Thursday. The state legislature’s Finance and Appropriations Committees approved Malloy’s tax and spending plans, which now head to the floor of the General Assembly to be voted on as early as next week. But while record tax increases »
A Davenport freshman enters the Ward 1 Alderman race.

Vinay Nayak ’14 to run for alderman

April 20, 2011 • 11
Vinay Nayak ’14 has become the first candidate to enter the race to replace Michael Jones ’11 as Ward 1 Alderman. A Davenport freshman from Oak Brook, Ill., Nayak said he will soon file candidacy papers to run for alderman in the election this November. In an interview Tuesday night, Nayak, a registered Democrat and »

Mayor faces competition

April 19, 2011 • 9
After 18 years as mayor, could the coming election be the one Mayor John DeStefano Jr. loses? Starting this week, DeStefano will formally have a challenger in his bid for a record 10th mayoral term. Clifton Graves, a civil rights activist and former City Hall attorney, will take the first step in a likely mayoral »

Aldermen revisit assistant chief appointments

April 15, 2011 • 0
The New Haven Police Department may have added three assistant chiefs Wednesday, but aldermen are making it clear that they are the ones who will decide whether those additions will be permanent. In testimony before the Finance Committee of the Board of Aldermen Thursday night, Police Chief Frank Limon and Chief Administrative Officer Robert Smuts »

Living wage moves ahead

April 14, 2011 • 1
Ward 1 Alderman Michael Jones’ ’11 proposal to expand the city’s living wage law has taken a big step forward. The proposal, one of Jones’ most significant legislative initiatives, would increase the minimum hourly wage the city must pay its employees from $12 to $14.67 and extend that requirement to companies with substantial city contracts. »

Residents respond to library cuts

April 13, 2011 • 2
Residents are alleging that the cuts to New Haven’s libraries in Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s budget put New Haven’s children at risk. That was the charge aldermen heard from several residents and an alderwoman at a public finance hearing in Fair Haven Tuesday night. With gun violence on the rise and jobs scarce in many »

City’s budget at stake in state labor talks

April 11, 2011 • 0
As Gov. Dannel Malloy negotiates concessions with state employee unions, the jobs of some city employees may hang in the balance. In order to slash a projected $3.67 billion shortfall, Malloy is demanding $2 billion in concessions over the next two years from the state’s 45,000 employees, a goal Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has called »

Briefly: City health officials defend nurse layoffs

April 8, 2011 • 0
Two days after a dozen school nurses railed against recent nurse layoffs, city health officials were on the defensive Wednesday night. At a Finance Committee meeting at the Board of Aldermen, city health director Mario Garcia SPH ’02 said the city’s ratio of students to nurses remains within the nationally accepted range of 750 to »

Jones ’11 does not seek second term

April 8, 2011 • 0
This year’s race for Ward 1 Alderman is now wide open after Michael Jones ’11 announced he would not run for a second term on the Board of Aldermen. In an announcement to the News Wednesday, Jones, a senior in Saybrook, said he would not seek reelection primarily because he has yet to find a »

Jones will not run for second term

April 7, 2011 • 2
Ward 1 Alderman Michael Jones ’11 will not run for a second term on the Board of Aldermen. In an announcement to the News, Jones said he would not seek reelection because he has yet to find a job in the area that he would want to stay at after graduation. While Jones could have »
The merger of NewAlliance and First Niagara banks has met with universal censure from New Haven and state officials alike.

First Niagara merger approved

April 7, 2011 • 0
First Niagara’s takeover of New Haven’s biggest bank is a done deal. In two separate decisions today, the State’s Banking Commissioner and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued the final regulatory stamps of approval the Buffalo-based First Niagara Bank needed to buy out NewAlliance Bank. The $1.5 billion deal has been fiercely »