The Mayor & the Mall

DeStefano waxes enthusiastic about his vision for downtown the waterfront, and beyond
On November 19, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. unveiled the centerpiece of his sweeping vision for civic renewal: the $431 million, 1.35-million-square-foot retail project at Long Wharf, on which his administration, state officials and the co-developers - the Newton, Mass.-based New England Development, and the Fusco Corp. of New Haven - have been working for two years. If approved by regional and state officials, the regional mall is expected to open

God’s Little Acre

Challenging conventional wisdom on ‘fixing' state's cities
When Governor Rowland says his top priority (beyond whacking the income tax) is “fixing” Connecticut's cities, what do you think he really means? And whatever it is that he means, why does he seem to think that it's so important? As a matter of pure political calculation, Rowland might prefer to preside over the fine-tuning of “Connecticut,” a jurisdiction for which he is responsible, and a jurisdiction that would seem to be doing remarkably

A Soft Sell to Minority Vendors

Postal Service holds supplier diversity expo
The U.S. Postal Service is one of the nation's largest buyers of goods and services and it depends on suppliers to meet its massive needs, according to David Pruett, officer in charge at the New Haven Post Office. To that end, the service held its first-ever “Supplier Diversity Opportunity Expo” October 15 at the Brewery Street facility in New Haven to let minority and female business owners know how to do business with the

The Lee Legacy

It's a measure of how time flies, we suppose, that most of the people reading this had not yet reached the age of majority when New Haven Mayor Richard C. Lee left City Hall at the conclusion of his eighth term in office in 1969. Nevertheless, the 16 years Lee spent in City Hall shaped the Elm City and its fortunes for the second half of the 20th century. Indeed, it may not be too

Under Control At Last

After running out of control for many years, the state's infamous Second Injury Fund has finally been harnessed. For the third time this year, state Treasurer Paul J. Silvester recently cut the surcharge on premiums employers pay to the workers compensation fund for reinjured employees. “Businesses in Connecticut should be very happy about this,” says Patty Shea, an attorney at Robinson & Cole in Hartford. As general counsel to the Insurance Association of Connecticut, Shea served
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