Mia Cortés Castro
Staff Reporter
Mia Cortés Castro covers City Hall and State Politics, and previously covered Cops and Courts. Originally from Dorado, Puerto Rico, she is a sophomore in Branford College studying English.
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INTERVIEW | Alder Alex Guzhnay ’24 reflects on his term

In a conversation with the News, Guzhnay discussed his successes and failures, Yale’s role in New Haven and his advice for his successor.

Vigil for Palestinian lives held at New Haven Tree Lighting on the Green

As the city held its annual Christmas tree lighting celebration on the New Haven Green, hundreds stood in solidarity with those impacted by the Israel-Hamas war.

Elicker wins third mayoral term

In Tuesday’s election, incumbent Justin Elicker won in a landslide victory over challengers.

Alder candidates clash in tense debate

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Ward 8 alder debated policy in Wooster Square, ultimately arriving at general arguments over their political parties.

New Haven receives over $47 million in State Bond funds

The new funds will be allocated to approximately ten different infrastructure projects across the city.

Alder challenger embraces Republican identity in Democratic district

Republican candidate Andrea DiLieto Zola is challenging incumbent alder Ellen Cupo, a Democrat, in New Haven’s Wooster Square neighborhood in the general election on Nov. 7.

Final mayoral debate focuses on city’s transparency

New Haven’s three mayoral candidates gathered at the Shubert Theater before an audience of close to 40 people for their last debate of the election season.

Over 1,000 rally in support of Palestine

The streets of New Haven were covered in red, green and black — the colors of the Palestinian flag — on Sunday afternoon as Connecticut residents chanted “Free Palestine” in the largest pro-Palestine rally across the state this month.

Alders approve state funding for youth programming

The $360,000 in state funding will allow the Youth and Recreation Department to advance their goal of reducing youth violence across New Haven.

Alders approve funding for first non-congregate homeless shelter

New Haven's Board of Alders voted to approve the city's purchase of a Days Inn on Foxon Boulevard, turning the hotel into the city's first non-congregate shelter.

New Haven alders approve $16 million for city’s contribution to Cox settlement

The transfer of funds, set for disbursement later this fall, will mark the only payment to Randy Cox directly from city accounts.