Owen Tucker-Smith
Staff Reporter
Owen Tucker-Smith was managing editor of the Board of 2023. Before that, he covered the mayor as a City Hall reporter.
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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.

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Justin Elicker’s tumultuous term as mayor

Justin Elicker resoundingly defeated a three-term incumbent to become New Haven’s mayor in 2019. Now, he is facing his own challenger who already has significant […]

Faherty leaves women’s soccer post as misconduct allegations surface

In Nov. 2019, Yale women’s soccer coach Brendan Faherty left his position following impropriety allegations by two former University of New Haven athletes. Both played […]

Yalies participate in 2020 election

Fall 2021 was a unique semester for politically active Yalies — as heightened political tensions soared across the country and COVID-19 caused classes to move […]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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