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Posted inTransportation

Tong declines to recuse from Tweed runway suit appeal

State Attorney General William Tong has declined to recuse himself from a potential Tweed runway expansion appeal, despite what the state Senate’s top Republican calls Tong’s “political cozy relationship” with Mayor Toni Harp. Such was the latest twist in the ongoing debate over Tweed New Haven Airport’s proposed expansion of its main runway.

Posted inPolitics

Lamont struggles to connect

As the 212 bus left downtown for Grand Avenue in New Haven, Skyler Shepard told Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Ned Lamont about his recent struggles with homelessness. The Greenwich businessman listened and asked Shepard questions about his family and his new job at a local bar. The interaction was emblematic of a two-day campaign swing Lamont made to test his retail-politicking chops on urban, diverse, and poor and working-class constituents — a population Lamont has said he and the state Democratic Party strives to represent.


Posted inJustice

Lawlor sees progress in prison reform

Mike Lawlor Mike Lawlor has three goals for criminal justice reform in Connecticut: Reduce crime. Reduce spending. And restore the public’s confidence in the system. From his vantage point as a professional criminal justice reformer, Connecticut is well on its way to achieving all three. Lawlor, who has served as the state’s under secretary for criminal […]