DeStefano, Rell will not see speech

Don’t look for Mayor John DeStefano Jr. or Gov. M. Jodi Rell at today’s high-profile visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to New Haven — Hu might have brought a spotlight with him, but local leaders have no plans to meet with Hu, and community leaders said the president’s visit has sparked little conversation among […]

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New Haven divests from Sudan

The pension funds of New Haven’s municipal employees will no longer be invested in companies that do business with the Sudanese government, following unanimous votes late last week by the trustees of the city’s two municipal pensions. The city’s decision, which has not yet been publicized, makes New Haven the second U.S. city after Providence, […]

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Caucus stresses economic equality

Repeating a cry for less talk and more action, Ward 3 Alderwoman Jackie James sketched out a comprehensive agenda for alleviating New Haven’s economic inequality and improving the quality of life within the city’s neighborhoods in Monday evening’s Black and Hispanic Caucus State of the City address. The address also marked the caucus’ rebirth this […]

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Local politics draws students

Zach Zwillinger ’07 runs a homeless community center out of a local church basement. Eric Kafka ’08 lobbies the state legislature to help low-income working families. And Kevin Bock ’08 interns with a campaign for U.S. Senate, while hundreds of other students tutor local public school students. Yale’s location in the middle of a vibrant […]

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New Haven mulls over divestment

New Haven could become the second U.S. city to divest from companies that support the Sudanese government, pending the results of an investigation into the holdings of municipal pension funds, city officials and aldermen said Tuesday. City Controller Mark Pietrosimone said New Haven’s investment managers are currently scouring the city’s two pension funds to determine […]

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DeStefano outpaced by Malloy in first quarter 2006 fund raising

Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy raised more money this term than his competitor for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., according to campaign finance reports filed by each campaign on Monday. The DeStefano campaign raised $415,000 in the first quarter of 2006 for a total of $3,278,000 raised by his campaign. Malloy […]

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City disparities play role in race

Stamford has the state’s second-largest Republican party. New Haven has not elected a Republican mayor since Truman was in the White House. As the two cities’ elected leaders, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., face off for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination, the two candidates’ track records in their hometowns […]

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Bush attends Bridgeport health care reform panel

Air Force One touched down on the runway of Tweed-New Haven Airport Wednesday morning, marking yet another twist in the ongoing debate about Connecticut health insurance — specifically, the debate about how to help the state’s 350,000 uninsured residents. President George W. Bush ’68 arrived in the town of his birth on his way to […]

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DeStefano names campaign manager

The headquarters of Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s gubernatorial campaign is beginning to resemble City Hall, with the announcement Monday that another former City Hall staffer will be joining the campaign. Henry Fernandez LAW ’94 will become the mayor’s campaign manager, after his resignation in March from his position as New Haven’s economic development administrator, a […]

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State budget could increase city funding

New Haven’s fiscal situation might look slightly less grim next year if the state legislature passes the two new bills proposed by Democrats in Hartford. The Democrat-controlled Appropriations Committee approved last Thursday a $16.2 billion budget proposal that would increase the amount of money spent on municipalities. But Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a […]

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Tax hike worries residents

The tug of war between keeping down property taxes while maintaining city services was played out last night at a public hearing on the 2006-07 city budget, which proposes a record high increase in New Haven’s property tax rate. A handful of New Haven residents who testified against Mayor John DeStefano Jr.’s proposed 9 percent […]

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