DEFIESTA: A well-deserved prize
While his tenure is far from perfect, Esserman is the police chief New Haven needs right now, and he deserves both his award and our ongoing support as he works to better the Elm City.
DEFIESTA: Where in the world is Toni Harp?
Given Harp’s wide-ranging coalition and her emphasis on engaging New Haven residents who have long been shunned by traditional Elm City politics, students I’ve spoken with are now asking: Why has Toni Harp largely ignored Yale?
DEFIESTA: Laboring candidates
For some Yalies, there is no greater political candidate than one in a labor union. That label alone is enough to earn their support, regardless of platform or experience. For others, a politician’s union affiliation is an excuse to write off her candidacy. This mentality has been exemplified across city elections, from the controversial Ward 7 aldermanic race to the mayoral contest. »
City schools win $53 million
New Haven’s school reform efforts received a federal endorsement Thursday afternoon in the form of a multi-million dollar grant from the Obama administration. The city’s school district will receive a projected $53.4 million federal grant over five years to support professional development for teachers and administrators, city officials announced in a Thursday afternoon press conference »
McMahon falls behind in senate race
After weeks of worries among Connecticut Democrats that their nominee for the state’s open Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, was in danger of losing to Republican Linda McMahon, Murphy appears to be pulling away in the race. A Wednesday poll by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling found that Murphy leads McMahon by six »
City aims to expand ID card program
Five years after the creation of the Elm City Resident Card and the controversy it generated, City Hall is seeking to expand the program, which provides identification and access to financial services for New Haven residents. In a Wednesday afternoon press conference at JUNTA for Progressive Action, a New Haven-based Latino rights advocacy organization, Mayor »
UP CLOSE | City evaluates DeStefano era, looks beyond
The New Haven and Yale of 20 years ago are a far cry from the city and University of today. Twenty years ago, a committee was searching for a replacement for then-interim University President Howard Lamar. Across the New Haven Green in City Hall, John Daniels, the Elm City’s first black mayor, struggled with seemingly »
Murphy struggles to keep McMahon at bay
Facing an onslaught of negative attacks funded by Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon, Democratic nominee and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is struggling to regain the lead in the polls. After a poll in late August gave McMahon a three-point lead ahead of Murphy in the election for the Senate seat vacated by Joseph »
Senate candidates trade fire over pasts
With less than two months to go before Election Day, the race for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67 has started to turn personal. The latest round of spars between the GOP nominee, millionaire wrestling magnate Linda McMahon, and Democrat Chris Murphy, who represents Connecticut’s fifth congressional district »
Jobs pipeline sails through board
The Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the creation of a “jobs pipeline” Tuesday night. Aldermen voted in their biweekly meeting by a 25–0 margin to create New Haven Works, a coordinating agency that will partner with employers in the city to help connect local residents with jobs. The emphasis of the new program »
Aldermen hear public input on jobs pipeline
The Board of Aldermen heard testimony Thursday night on a proposal for its long-awaited jobs initiative, one they hope will prepare residents for jobs within the city. While the board’s human resources committee held a public hearing on the plan, locally called the jobs pipeline, residents testified in support of the idea, and offered suggestions »
2013 campaigns already revving up
The Elm City’s longest-serving mayor is already eyeing another term. Mayor John DeStefano Jr., who won a record 10th term by a modest 1,600-vote margin last November, began showing signs of campaigning this summer. As Yale’s labor unions — which have opposed the mayor’s fiscal policies in recent years — tested the political waters for »