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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New report: State’s recovery from pandemic to drag on for years

As the city begins a new fiscal year optimistically, a statewide group reports a dire economic state in Connecticut.

Yalies power through local primaries

Three Yale College students and one Yale Law School fellow are preparing for November general elections in New Haven and Hamden.

Vaccine campaigns target communities of color, youth

A new city campaign aims to promote vaccination rates through bilingual video and photo ads. Meanwhile, community leaders indicate a need for continued focus on vaccinating people of color.

A healthcare worker draws a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As probable second Elicker term looms, religious leaders ask for commitments on public health issues

Mayor boasts progress on key issues but declines to say yes or no to ‘pretty specific’ questions.

Elicker speaks at an event
Lots has changed in New Haven’s mayoral race. Here’s what you need to know

After a long summer of campaigning, Karen DuBois-Walton has dropped out, leaving incumbent Mayor Justin Elicker as the sole Democratic candidate.

City to warn, fine and potentially shut down businesses for mask mandate noncompliance

The crackdown is a result of a tenfold increase in hospitalizations since July 1.

Tropical Depression Henri leaves little damage to New Haven

New Haven reported no injuries, no loss of life and no property damage from the storm, according to Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana.

An up close of City Hall from the front steps.
City residents demand more from Yale as budget crisis continues

New Haven’s budget crisis has dominated local political discourse this year, as city politicians and residents deliberated on Yale’s responsibility to help resolve it. New […]

An up close of City Hall from the front steps.
New Haven Public Schools’ year on Zoom

After over a year of remote learning, New Haven Public School students and teachers are making the switch to in-person education. New Haven Public Schools […]

Alders pass amended ‘Forward Together’ budget without secured funds from state, Yale

Just under three months after Elicker introduced two budgets, the Board of Alders passed the optimistic one.

Photo of City Hall from the New Haven Green
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