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College Dems endorse DeStefano over Looney after the pair debate

September 7, 2001 • 0
One of New Haven’s most hard-fought mayoral elections in years came to the Yale campus Thursday. The Yale College Democrats announced its endorsement of Mayor John DeStefano Jr. after hosting an open meeting with him and state Sen. Martin Looney, his opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary. After the mayor and his challenger exchanged blows »
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Summer of change on the Board of Aldermen

September 6, 2001 • 0
It was a summer of scuffles and possibly shady political deals for several new faces on the Board of Aldermen. Early resignations by five aldermen brought on special elections and mayoral appointments across the city. New aldermen joined the board from Wards 1 and 7, which cover parts of the Yale campus, as well as »
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For tough mayoral foes, the last debate is calm

September 6, 2001 • 0
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and state Sen. Martin Looney took one last chance Wednesday night to criticize each other for stadium plans, scandals and magnet schools as they squared off in a radio debate, their final scheduled joint appearance before Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary. The four-term incumbent and his challenger sat just feet away from »
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Only days until vote in hot mayor’s race

September 5, 2001 • 0
Back just in time. As Yale students returned to campus this week, they found a New Haven buzzing with political activity in preparation for next Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, which many observers call the most competitive in a decade. Four-term incumbent John DeStefano Jr. is battling state Sen. Martin Looney for the right to face »
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Healey appointed to fill out Ward 1 term

August 14, 2001 • 0
Ben Healey ’04 was sworn in Aug. 3 as the New Haven Ward 1 alderman, becoming another in a long line of undergraduates to represent the Yale-dominated downtown ward. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. appointed Healey to serve until December to fill out the term of Julio Gonzalez ’99, who resigned this summer to concentrate on »
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DeStefano, Looney differ on ideas for education

April 25, 2001 • 0
Every year, thousands of school children in New Haven enter lotteries for admission into one of New Haven’s magnet schools. Every school day, the lucky ones stream into the special public schools. Mayor John DeStefano said these children are evidence of the improvements made to education under his seven-year watch. He added that choice and »
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Ward 9 Alderman Gerald Garcia ’94 to resign from post next month

April 25, 2001 • 0
The Yale Three will soon be a thing of the past. Ward 9 Alderman Gerald Garcia ’94 SOM ’01 said Tuesday he will resign next month, joining colleagues Julio Gonzalez ’99 and Jelani Lawson ’96 on a growing list of departing alumni legislators. Garcia is leaving to take a job at the brokerage firm Lehman »
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Congenial Looney vows aid for city, but foes see failures

April 20, 2001 • 0
The year was 1980. In New Haven, a young Martin Looney won a seat in the state House of Representatives. He would go on to serve six terms before being elected to the state Senate in 1992, where he is now beginning his fifth term. Now, the 52-year-old Looney wants to be mayor of New »
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Alderwoman unlikely to seek her third term

April 19, 2001 • 1
The alderwoman who represents Ezra Stiles and Morse colleges is widely expected not to seek a third term in this fall’s election, setting the stage for a possible return by the woman she unseated four years ago. Grace Gibbs, whose ward also includes the Dixwell neighborhood, has said repeatedly that she has not made a »
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With summer looming, DeStefano steps up Yale campaign

April 17, 2001 • 0
The Democratic mayoral primary is five months away. Most Yale students, however, will be here only five weeks before choosing between Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and state Sen. Martin Looney on Sept. 11. With summer vacation looming, the DeStefano campaign is stepping up its campaign efforts on campus, and as part of that effort, DeStefano »
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Crime down, mayor seeks credit

April 13, 2001 • 0
Since 1992, the year before Mayor John DeStefano Jr. was elected to his first term, the number of major crimes reported in New Haven has decreased by over 45 percent, according to Police Department statistics. Murder is down 40 percent, burglary is down 60 percent and other crimes have made similar declines. As DeStefano seeks »
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Jelani Lawson will not seek fourth term

April 13, 2001 • 0
Ward 2 Alderman Jelani Lawson ’96 said Thursday he will not seek re-election to the city’s governing board this fall. Lawson, a Democrat first elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1995, said he is leaving to attend law school, but has not decided where he will study. Two potential candidates said they are considering »