by Thomas Breen | Feb 18, 2019 2:29 pm | Comments (11)
A new proposed city law would bump up the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.
If passed, New Haven would join six states and over 400 different municipalities around the country in an attempt to curb teenage smoking by pushing tobacco products a bit further out of reach of high schoolers.
Continue reading ‘Bill Would Raise Tobacco Sales Age To 21’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 15, 2019 4:47 pm | Comments (4)
Building Official Jim Turcio knew his grandfather built houses in New Haven. He just didn’t know where.
Thanks to a massive new scanning effort that will see over one million pages of city building permits moved online, Turcio can now point to a handful of 70-year-old East Shore ranch houses that were built by his dad’s dad.
When the digitization project is through, anyone with an internet connection will be able to do the same.
Continue reading ‘City Digitizing Centuries Of Construction History’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 15, 2019 7:58 am | Comments (21)
Cut cop pensions and increase their salaries.
Add more disincentives to leave the department.
Shake down suburban departments when they do poach city officers.
Maybe lower the minimum age to become a police officer? Or maybe not.
Continue reading ‘Ideas Floated On How To Keep A Cop’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 14, 2019 2:51 pm | Comments (2)
The newly rehabbed Grand Avenue Bridge won’t just be adjacent to a public park along the Quinnipiac River.
It will be a public space in its own right, with a newly widened path for pedestrians and bicycles that will look south over the water.
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by Christopher Peak | Feb 13, 2019 7:20 am | Comments (4)
Mayor Toni Harp has picked Yesenia Rivera, the director of a school-based childcare program, to fill an empty spot on the Board of Education.
If the Board of Alders approves her nomination, Rivera, the program director at the Edgewood PTO Child Care Program and the housing assessment director at The Connection, Inc., will be the newest appointee on the seven-member school board.
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by Thomas Breen | Feb 12, 2019 1:25 pm | Comments (13)
Updated—New Haven is already flush with coworking spaces. But the city’s small business team sees room to open still one more, aimed at local college (non-Yale) student entrepreneurs.
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by Thomas Breen | Feb 12, 2019 8:03 am | Comments (28)
With a mixture of resignation, frustration, and cautionary instruction, alders unanimously signed off on spending over $3 million reserved for debt service on shoring up the police and fire overtime budgets instead.
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by Thomas Breen | Feb 11, 2019 7:44 am | Comments (32)
Updated—No smartphone? No problem. The city’s bike share system is about to replace its entire two-wheeled fleet with bicycles that riders can unlock without the help of an iPhone.
And did someone say ... electric scooters?
Continue reading ‘Next Up: Scooter Share’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 8, 2019 1:04 am | Comments (17)
The city spent $32,000 on the court-ordered, emergency lead abatement of a single Elm Street apartment.
According to the health department, the abatement went off without a hitch, and lawmakers should rest easy now that the landlord has fully reimbursed the city.
According to a legal aid attorney and lead poisoning watchdog, the abatement was too costly, too slow — and indicative of city government’s wholly inadequate and dishonest response to New Haven’s child lead poisoning crisis.
Continue reading ‘City, Legal Aid Clash On Lead Paint’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 6, 2019 8:11 am | Comments (11)
Would a homeless person’s bill of rights protect the the city’s most vulnerable from discrimination? Or tie the hands of city police who need to enforce the law?
That question was at the center of a three-hour public hearing about how best to codify the city’s support for homeless residents.
Continue reading ‘Homeless Bill Of Rights Sparks Debate’