CITY POLITICS
New Haveners weigh in on proposed budget

During the first two public hearings on the mayor’s proposed budget, city residents discussed housing, education, parks and red light cameras.

First-ever early voting opportunities spice up uncompetitive presidential primary in CT

This week, New Haveners will have their first opportunity to participate in in-person early voting for Connecticut’s upcoming presidential primary elections. The opportunity comes after a 2022 constitutional amendment legalized early voting in the state.

Environmental policy hearing urges new city priorities: pesticides, artificial turf, electrification

EAC Chair Laura Cahn urged the city to strengthen its policy regarding pesticides and artificial turf at the Board of Alders’ Community Services and Environmental Policy Committee meeting on Thursday. A representative from the New Haven Climate Movement and Steve Winter, director of the Office of Climate and Sustainability, also discussed the city’s progress towards electrification.

Proposed budget rethinks city housing programs

If approved, the new proposed budget will restructure the Livable City Initiative, creating an Office of Housing and Community Development and expanding staff for both programs.

New 24-hour crisis intervention center planned for New Haven

Continuum of Care’s REST Center, Connecticut’s first 24-hour short-term crisis stabilization hub for adults, is slated to open later this spring

Ceasefire resolution hearing set for May over Zoom

Alders will discuss and hear public testimony on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza over Zoom on May 1, 155 days after the resolution was proposed.

Budget proposal for separate Parks Department follows a year of advocacy

Mayor Justin Elicker’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year would separate the Parks and Public Works Departments, which have been merged since 2020. For local advocates, it’s a step in the right direction.

State Housing Committee advances just cause eviction legislation

The legislation, backed by tenant advocates, is part of a multiyear battle to improve renter protections.

City leaders react to Elicker’s budget proposal

New Haveners who spoke with the News generally approved of the proposed changes, including expanded housing funding, while top alders expressed hesitation about adding over 30 new jobs.

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Lamont nominates 22 jurists to CT Superior Court, includes three Yale grads

Nicole Anker ’94, Tamar Birckhead ’87 and Alayna Stone ’04 are among Lamont’s 22 nominees to serve as judges on the state’s Superior Court.

Incumbent slate sweeps Democratic co-chair elections

New Haven Democrats in eight wards delivered lopsided wins to party-backed Democratic co-chair candidates, defeating a rare challenger slate