City | 11:39 am | July 7, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Gant CEO jokes at New Haven’s expense

The CEO of clothing store Gant drew fire after an interview in which he ridiculed New Haven, the store's hometown.

The CEO of Gant drew the ire of New Haveners after cracking a joke at the city’s expense. Dirk-Jan Stoppelenburg made fun of the clothing store’s hometown in a June 27 interview with the India Times, joking that just “two good things ever came out of New Haven — Yale University and Gant.” The comment »

City | 11:19 am | July 7, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Student favorites among eateries to fail inspections

Rubamba, the restaurant that replaced Ay! Salsa this year, received a failing grade in the city's latest round of health inspections.

More restaurants than normal failed New Haven’s latest round of health inspections, with nearly a fifth of the 49 restaurants visited receiving a failing grade according to the New Haven Independent. In a wave of health inspections the last two weeks of June, inspectors graded nine restaurants at a score below 80, the minimum required »

City | 2:39 pm | July 4, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Murphy sweeps New Haven endorsements

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy picked up a slate of endorsements from New Haven politicians Monday, further solidifying his status as the front-runner in the race for U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's '64 LAW '67 seat.

New Haven’s Democratic Party coalesced around U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy with a nearly unanimous endorsement Monday. The city’s entire state delegation, Mayor John DeStefano Jr., 27 of New Haven’s 30 aldermen and the entire Democratic Town Committee announced their endorsement of Murphy over Susan Bysiewicz ’83, his rival in the race for the seat »

City | 2:33 pm | May 30, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Aldermen pass $486.4 million budget

Aldermen on the finance committee continued the Board's process of hammering out a final budget for the city's next fiscal year.

The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved New Haven’s $486.4 million budget in a 40-minute special meeting Tuesday night. The budget — the product of almost three months of public hearings and negotiations between Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s administration and the labor-backed majority on the Board — was largely unchanged from DeStefano’s original proposal in March. »

City | 9:49 pm | May 24, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Aldermen approve ward map

Ward 1 will remain the Yale ward for the next decade, following the conclusion of the Board of Aldermen’s redistricting process. In a vote by the full Board earlier this week, aldermen approved a final ward map for New Haven that balances the population within each of the city’s 30 wards. Yale’s Ward 1 will »