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Mattei Gets An Earful In Newhallville

by Allan Appel | Jun 18, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoChris Mattei listened for nearly ten straight minutes. He leaned in, kept eye contact. But he didn’t say a word.

His interlocutor was Shelton Avenue resident Darlene Grant, who graphically described a bleak situation: She has a chronically derelict landlord, with trash overflowing in the back yard, mice running throughout the house. and a little child who’s been tested for lead and has alarmingly elevated levels.

When the exterminators do come, they stay for five minutes, and then are gone; yet the mice remain. She desperately wants to move out but with her federal Section 8 rent voucher she doesn’t know where to go, or to whom to turn for help.

Finally Mattei said that’s why he’s running for Connecticut attorney general: to serve as her voice.

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Newhallville Remembers Mother Brown

by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 6, 2018 7:49 am | Comments (1)

Markeshia Ricks PhotoLillian Brown’s mothering powers were so strong that she could just look at a child in Newhallville — her own and anyone else’s — and the child would straighten right up. She could cook food so good that you might be convinced to try chitlins.

And so sharp was her political acumen that mayors of New Haven knew that they hadn’t really won the seat until they’d had an audience with her on her front porch.

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