Sylvan Lebrun
Staff Reporter
Sylvan Lebrun reports on City Hall. She previously covered nonprofits and social services in the New Haven area. She is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College majoring in English.
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Humans of New Haven: Lana Sicilia takes back the stage

In her path to recovery from abuse and trauma, Lana Sicilia rediscovered herself and her love for the arts during the pandemic.

Many New Haveners to see property tax increases after revaluation

In his budget for the fiscal year 2022-23, the mayor is proposing a five year phase-in for the tax increase — however, some are still concerned about the impact it will have on homeowners and renters.

City announces new community gun violence prevention initiative

The new program, which is a partnership between city, state and federal officials, will engage formerly incarcerated citizens who are at amplified risk of being the victims or perpetrators of gun violence.

UP CLOSE | Buried in an “avalanche of goodness”: how emergency housing relief during the pandemic left out New Haven’s most vulnerable

The city and state struggled to distribute a flood of long-needed funding that they received to address housing insecurity amid the pandemic. These investments are now ending as part of a nationwide “return to normalcy.”

State Rep. Stephanie Thomas runs for Secretary of the State with plans to engage voters

In the contested race for Secretary of the State, Thomas is running on a platform of civic education and voter access.

City alders approve new Yale contribution plan, express apprehension for future

Although the Board of Alders voted unanimously in favor of the new deal between Yale and the city, some shared reservations about what the future of the town-gown relationship will hold.

New Elicker appointees to head Public Safety Communications, Department of Elderly Services 

Kevin Stratton will be the new head of New Haven’s emergency 911 Public Safety Answering Point, while Tomi Veale will be the acting director of the Department of Elderly Services.

Mayor hosts first town hall meeting on new city budget

Residents reacted to Mayor Elicker’s new proposed budget at a town hall on Wednesday night, where concerns about property tax increases dominated the discussion.

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Despite criticism, Board of Alders confirms fire chief’s reappointment

Fire chief John Alston has officially been reappointed by the Board of Alders after a contentious public hearing last Monday.

Reappointment hearings begin for controversial fire chief

Fire Chief John Alston, whose reappointment was requested by Mayor Justin Elicker in January, was criticized for faulty equipment and the department’s “low morale.”

City to partially lift mask mandate

Starting March 7, New Haveners will no longer be required to wear masks in the city’s restaurants, shops, bars and gyms.