Nick Defiesta
DEFIESTA: Smart governance?

Even before he was elected to the position last November, Town Clerk Michael Smart was plagued by accusations of improper handling of absentee ballots.

DEFIESTA: Tweeting the lockdown

In the case of breaking news — and not just on Twitter — journalists need to report on an event accurately and quickly, and let readers know about any ambiguity in their reporting.

DEFIESTA: In defense of Yale Thoughts

We don’t even take the time to process earnest reflections on our campus culture, like this week’s rant, delivered right to our inboxes.

DEFIESTA: Change in Ward 1

The lack of interaction between Ward 1 and our alderman showed itself somewhat in yesterday’s election breakdown.

DEFIESTA: Where we belong

College is meant to be a place for all of us to discover ourselves, build our own homes and grapple with life’s challenges. Feeling like we’re in the wrong place is normal, an inherent part of the process.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]