Owen Tucker-Smith
Staff Reporter
Owen Tucker-Smith covers the Mayor's office, City Hall and local politics. He is also an associate editor at the Yale Daily News Magazine. Originally from Williamstown, MA, he is a first-year in Ezra Stiles College majoring in statistics and data science.
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A tale of two proposals: the planning and politics of New Haven’s next budget

On Monday, the Board of Alders finance committee will begin deliberations on the New Haven fiscal year 2021-2022 budget. But with two plans on the table, a devastating budget crisis and a neighborhood of New Haveners fervently defending Mitchell Library, the path to a final plan looks to be anything but smooth.

An up close photo of City Hall
Tweed lifts off with $100 million private investment and new terminal, airline

A massive expansion of Southern Connecticut’s largest airport will be funded by a Goldman Sachs-owned company, which will take the reins on day-to-day operations for the next forty years. Meanwhile, a new airline promises regular, affordable service from Tweed, which has struggled in recent years.

A rendering of the possible changes at Tweed
Amid cultural affairs overhaul, city officials to roll out cultural equity plan by end of summer

Over a year in the making, the plan traces its roots to Mayor Elicker’s Transition Team.

City planning allocation of potential $6.5 million from HUD

Following Mayor Elicker’s proposal for funding allocation, the Board of Alders is hearing from organizations before final deliberation.

The steps and sign of City Hall
City officials celebrate opening of Westville Music Bowl

What was once a deteriorating tennis facility among the Yale University Athletic Fields reopened on Thursday afternoon as the Westville Music Bowl — a new seasonal performing arts venue set to kick off its first season of programming on Friday evening.

A sign welcomes visitors to the Westville Music Bowl
‘A new American birthright’: Baby Bonds bill sees support from Elicker, state officials

Introduced by the state treasurer, the legislation would set up $5,000 savings accounts for Connecticut children enrolled in HUSKY that unfreeze when they turn 18.

The CT State Capitol in the sunlight
Mayoral 2021 roundup: One candidate, two competitors

Both candidates are fundraising. Mayor Justin Elicker is canvassing. And Karen DuBois-Walton, in a move that might suggest a looming campaign, has just stepped away […]

The front and steps of City Hall.
DuBois-Walton steps back from Elm City Communities

Karen DuBois-Walton ’89 has not formally confirmed her candidacy for mayor in New Haven’s upcoming fall election. However, DuBois-Walton’s recent decision to temporarily step away […]

The front door to the Mayor
City relaunches fire safety program

The city of New Haven and the Red Cross will once again partner for the “Sound the Alarm Prepare-a-thon,” an initiative designed to educate New […]

Mayor proposes $6.3 million in American Rescue Plan funding for summer programs

On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Justin Elicker announced a citywide Summer Reset Program, a plan to divert $6.3 million of funds from the American Rescue Plan, […]

Elicker speaks at the press conference inside of City Hall.
Chauvin verdict reignites conversations about police reform in New Haven

As the news of Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict captures the attention of the nation, public officials and organizers are reflecting on possible police reforms for […]