Pillsbury may vie for alderman

April 22, 2005 • 0
New Haven Green Party co-chair and former congressional candidate Charlie Pillsbury ’70 DIV ’90 announced yesterday he will run for Ward 19 alderman unless current Ward 19 Alderwoman Alfreda Edwards decides to seek reelection. Pillsbury said he will attend community meetings in the coming weeks, and plans to begin making phone calls and going door-to-door »

Rell signs same-sex union bill

April 21, 2005 • 0
With the signature of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell yesterday, Connecticut officially became the first state in the nation to institute same-sex civil unions through its legislature without being forced to do so by a court order. Rell signed the bill roughly an hour after it was passed in the state Senate for a second »

Legislators debate city budget

April 19, 2005 • 0
Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature are fighting over the state budget for the next two fiscal years, with signficant funding to New Haven at stake. The Democrat-controlled Appropriations Committee voted Monday for a budget proposal that would increase spending to $434 million above the state’s constitutionally-mandated spending cap, prompting Republican Gov. M. Jodi »

Civil unions bill is unlikely to end debate

April 15, 2005 • 0
As the Connecticut legislature moves closer to becoming the first state to pass civil unions for same-sex couples without a court order, a battle is still brewing in the state courts over same-sex marriage. Last August, the gay rights activist group Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders filed Kerrigan & Mock v. Connecticut Department of »

Yale increases city donations

April 13, 2005 • 0
University and city leaders gathered yesterday in East Rock Park — property donated to the city by Yale over a century ago — to announce that Yale will raise its annual voluntary contribution to the city, giving New Haven an additional $1.8 million this year. This payment will be on top of the $2.3 million »

City leaders laud increase, some seek more

April 13, 2005 • 0
Over the past 15 years, Yale has taken major steps to build a more cooperative relationship with New Haven, through community initiatives and direct financial support for city government. City leaders lauded yesterday’s announcement of an increase in this financial contribution as the next step in the University’s effort. Yale’s announcement yesterday of a $1.8 »

Mayor leads in funds, not polls

April 12, 2005 • 0
Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s campaign for governor is gaining financial momentum, with $1.79 million in contributions already raised — more than any other candidate currently in the race. But polling indicates that DeStefano, along with the other declared Democratic gubernatorial candidates, lags far behind Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell in popularity. DeStefano’s fund-raising efforts have »

Cancer center plan dogged by community controversy

April 7, 2005 • 0
As the aldermanic approval process for Yale-New Haven Hospital’s proposed cancer center gets underway, there are already signs that the process will be long and contentious. The hospital is proposing a $430 million, 14-story clinical cancer center that it says will be the most modern and comprehensive facility of its kind in the region. Yale-New »

Students hope to expand living wage

April 6, 2005 • 0
Backed by Ward 1 Alderman Ben Healey ’04 and a group of interested Yale students, a proposal to expand New Haven’s living-wage ordinance may soon be before the Board of Aldermen. The ordinance currently in place, which was passed in 1997, requires city contractors to pay their employees a base-level wage which increases annually and »

Weeks to forgo primary

April 5, 2005 • 0
Former aldermanic candidate Dan Weeks ’06 has decided not to challenge Rebecca Livengood ’07, who won the Ward 1 Democratic Committee’s endorsement last month, to a Democratic primary race. Weeks will formally announce his support for Livengood at a press conference today at noon in front of Dwight Hall. He will appear alongside Livengood and »

Yale groups organize for civil unions

March 31, 2005 • 0
As the state legislature moves closer to voting on a bill that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to legalize civil unions without a court order, liberal groups on campus are organizing to support the bill, in addition to pushing for further legislation that would grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. »

Housing authority faces investigation

March 29, 2005 • 0
The director and deputy director of the New Haven Housing Authority have been suspended amid allegations that Housing Authority staff looked at confidential government files to find out when their properties would be inspected. The Authority’s board of commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to indefinitely suspend Director Cynthia Newton and Deputy Director Edward Schwartz with pay »