Last week, over 30 minutes in mid-morning, my husband and I witnessed open-air drug deals outside of the church next door, followed by drug use next to a school bus. A knife-wielding man rampaged up the street followed by a highly intoxicated woman. Five minutes later, a John and a sex worker engaged in sex acts in the open.
Later that afternoon as I walked my dog in the park, I was overwhelmed by what I saw: a used condom on the sidewalk next to my house and dirty needles, bloody gauzes and empty drug bags littering nearly every bench.
(Updated with Fasano response to Harp’s response.) As city police, firefighters, and other emergency responders tended to waves of overdoses primarily on the New Haven Green on Wednesday and Thursday, a leading suburban Republican legislator provoked a firestorm of his own with a statement blaming the city for allowing the Green to deteriorate to the point that so many overdoses would occur.
Mayor Toni Harp, local Rev. Steven Cousin, and New Haven State Sen. Martin Looney came out swinging in response. Their statements (all written, except for the mayor’s which were delivered at a press conference) follow:
(Opinion) New Haven’s flag is outdated and poorly designed. To many of you, it may come as a surprise that we even have a flag.
In fact, we use our flag so infrequently that, in 2018, many city officials still wear an All-American City Pin from 2008. Cities with successful flags can utilize them to bring together entire neighborhoods and elicit emotions of pride and unity.
Over the past year, I have spent most of my time fighting the notion of being a politician. The connotations of being a politician usually imply that we are willing to wheel and deal to get stuff done, or that we haven’t actually “walked the walk.” However, Chris Mattei’s life of public service reminds me that it’s possible to be involved in politics without being a politician.
The Amalgamated Transit Union, including CT Transit workers from New Haven, has endorsed Susan Bysiewicz, the party-endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor in an Aug. 14 primary. Bysiewicz submitted the following piece about it.
(Opinion)This week, Superintendent Carol Birks announced the layoffs of three dozen certified educators, which the Board of Education still needs to approve. Cameo Thorne, a one-time Teacher of the Year who now works to implement restorative practices throughout the district, submitted this opinion piece on the go-to arguments about the trade-offs between higher taxes on our properties and more teachers in our schools.
(Analysis) Officials break ground at another big upscale downtown building site. They cut the ribbon on a spanking new public-housing development. A deep-pocket out-of-state builder buys land for an apartment-retail complex in Wooster Square.
Meanwhile, New Haven edges closer to a potential state bailout. The mayor and alders go to war again, this time over a potential $10 tax rebate to city homeowners, while a $30 million long-term structural deficit remains unaddressed. Meadow Street yet again confuses 700 workers about whether they have jobs; emails reveal school board members already at war with a new school superintendent they just brought to New Haven.
That all happened just this week in New Haven. And this week looked like a lot of recent weeks.