Sylvan Lebrun
Staff Reporter
Sylvan Lebrun is a Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News. She previously served as City Editor, and covered City Hall and nonprofits and social services in the New Haven area. She is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Comparative Literature.
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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.

Data demonstrates how pandemic exacerbated New Haven’s wealth disparities

Survey results reveal increases in food insecurity, unemployment and housing instability.

City leaders sign off on contract to surveil students’ technology usage during school day

GoGuardian, a software where staff can watch what students are doing on district computers in real time, receives final approval for an $210,000 dollar contract with the BOE.

Two New Haven-born Yalies take over as Ward 1 co-chairs

In March, first-years Kiana Flores and Simon Bazelon will become the co-chairs for Ward 1 in the city’s Democratic Town Committee.

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Residents protest the move of controversial methadone clinic to Newhallville

The APT Foundation’s methadone clinic in the Hill was pointed to as evidence of the crime and “trauma” that they would bring to Newhallville, as residents urged officials to shut the move down.

Elicker appoints four women to City Hall leadership positions

The newly announced positions include the heads of the City Plan Commision, the Office of Labor Relations and the Fair Rent Commission.

City proposes investing $10 million into new “I’m Home” housing support program

Money from the American Rescue Plan will support both homeowners and renters.

Elicker proposes $53 million in city spending as residents call for increased transparency

The federal funds would go to affordable housing, vocational training, small businesses, and climate solutions.

Board of Alders approves inclusionary zoning legislation, requiring affordable housing in all new developments

This new housing policy will mandate that market-rate developers in New Haven include a designated percentage of ‘deeply affordable’ units.