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New Haven Free Public Library Goes Fine Free

September 22, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW HAVEN – The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) is proud to announce that it has officially gone fine free as of July 1, 2020. Joining a growing number of libraries across the country, the New Haven Free Public Library locations will no longer charge overdue fines on most items and stop collecting previously accrued overdue fines.

“I want to thank City Librarian, John Jessen, the Library Board, and staff for this amazing announcement. It is important that we continue to implement policies like these to encourage residents to utilize our libraries for the many services they provide,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

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Serena Neal-Sanjurjo Stepping Down as Head of New Haven Livable City Initiative

September 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Long-serving executive director credited with transformative efforts across City neighborhoods

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Serena Neal-Sanjurjo, Executive Director of the City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative (LCI), announced today that she will be stepping down from her position effective October 9, 2020. Ms. Neal-Sanjurjo, a New Haven native, took over LCI in 2014 and is widely credited for leading major initiatives across the City through to implementation. These include the first phase of the Hill to Downtown Community Plan (with over 550 new housing units), the neighborhood commercial leasehold improvement program’s launch, and various homeownership initiatives, including recently completed projects in Fair Haven Heights and Newhallville.

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Mayor Elicker and Lt. Governor Bysiewicz to Promote the Second Week of Restaurant Week and Officially Open Three New Restaurants in New Haven

September 22, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23, at 12:30 PM, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and New Haven Economic Development Administrator Michael Piscitelli will host a ribbon-cutting for three new restaurants on Court and Orange Streets and promote the continuation of New Haven’s Restaurant Week.

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NEW HAVEN BLACK LIVES MATTER STREET MURAL

September 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of New Haven Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs welcomes the first of a series of Black Lives Matter street murals to the City

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The City of New Haven Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Black Lives Matter New Haven, community organizers, and local artist Kwadwo Adae welcomed a series of mural projects being implemented in solidarity and support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the City of New Haven. The mural painting and the all-day event occurred Saturday, September 19, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Bassett Street between Dixwell Avenue and Watson Street.

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The City of New Haven Releases Guidance on Low to High-Risk Sports

September 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Given the growing concern from the community surrounding sports activities, the City of New Haven today released guidance for low-risk, moderate-risk, and high-risk sports amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. This information will be posted on the City’s COVID-19 hub.

“We know that sports are a vital part of our community and deeply important to many residents. We must be guided by science and the public health parameters set by the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I want to thank our team for putting this together with the health and well being of our residents in mind,” said New Haven Director of Public Health Maritza Bond.

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Ideas Being Sought for Monument Pedestal in Wooster Square Park

September 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The statue of Christopher Columbus stood in Wooster Square Park for more than 100 years as a symbol of the Italian-American presence in New Haven. After its removal on June 24, a decision was made to replace it with an appropriate memorial to the Italian-American experience. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker appointed a Wooster Square Monument Committee to decide how best to honor the contributions of Italian-Americans in New Haven through a collaborative community process. That Committee, chaired by Bill Iovanne, Jr. and Laura Luzzi, has met several times

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Mayor Elicker Celebrates Progress on Mill River Trail

September 16, 2020

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The event will include brief remarks and a walking tour of a new segment of the Mill River Trail

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Thursday, September 17, at 12:00 PM, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will be joined along the Mill River Trail by City Plan representatives, local partner J.R. Logan, New Haven Innovation Collaborative Executive Director Michael Harris, Flow Solutions President John Wilson, a representative from the Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and members of the Board of Alders, to celebrate and showcase the Trail’s progress. This socially distanced event will be held on the new segment of the Trail, where Mayor Elicker and other dignitaries will speak briefly before starting a walking tour of the site.

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New Haven Emergency Housing Response Programs

WHAT IS NEW HAVEN EMERGENCY HOUSING RESPONSE?

The City of New Haven has launched its New Haven Emergency Housing Response through the City of Haven’s Livable City Initiative to assist New Haven residents experiencing housing insecurity caused by COVID-19. The response will assist New Haven residents in mitigating the risk of eviction and/or foreclosure.


Coronavirus Assistance and Security Tenant Landlord Emergency Program (CASTLE)


The City of New Haven Coronavirus Assistance and Security Tenant Landlord Emergency Program (“CASTLE”), will assist tenants and homeowners in New Haven who have experienced income loss due to Covid-19 and are experiencing housing insecurity.

CASTLE can assist as a standalone program or in conjunction with any of the State of Connecticut’s housing assistance programs, enabling tenants and homeowners to maximize their assistance. The program will assist in mitigating the risk of eviction and/or foreclosure and create housing stability.

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New Haven Housing Response

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