Board of Alders

About the Board of Alders
The Board of Alders is the legislative body for the City of New Haven. All Alderpersons are members of the municipal council elected by voters. We create, pass and amend local laws as well as review and approve the City’s annual budget.

The Board of Alders meet the first and third Monday of every month in the aldermanic chambers, 165 Church Street, second floor, except for holidays. During the summer, we meet the first Monday of the month.

To see meeting calendar, agendas & minutes, click here.

The Office of Legislative Services provides professional staff support to the Board of Alders, enabling us to fulfill our powers and duties as the City's legislative body.

Special message from the Board of Alders: How We Function



Greetings and Welcome!


Your vote to elect us in to office means that it is an honor to serve you! We want to listen and hear your voice. Your interests are our interests. Our job to do all that we can as the New Haven Board of Alders to service your needs.


All are welcome to our meetings. We invite you to team with us to make our City Great!




The presiding officer of the full board meetings is the President, elected from and by the Board of Alders. The President Pro Tempore, who is also elected from and by the board members, presides when the President is absent or wishes to participate in debate.


To ensure each member has the opportunity to become acquainted with legislation, bills are printed before they can be acted on. Each bill with its committee report is read twice, at two successive meetings. The final vote taken at the time (meeting?) of the second reading.


All the proceedings are recorded and published in the Journal of the Board of Alders. During an average year, as many as 950 bills are introduced and about 700 will receive final action.


Much of the board's business takes place in its committees. At committee hearings, this is the opportunity for you to express what you think and voice your suggestions and concerns about the issues that are important to you i.e. the City Budget, the use of federal funds in your neighborhood, and the level and type of services the City should provide for its residents.


For specific meeting dates, times and agendas, call the Office of Legislative Services Information line at 203-946-6483, or watch the legal notices in the daily paper.

Please view our online Legistar Center to find the Agendas and Minutes of the Board of Alders and other meeting bodies. Links are provided to detailed information and history on each legislative item.

Contact Us

Tyisha Walker-Myers

Director of Legislative Services
Albert Lucas

(203) 946-8371

(203) 946-7476

165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Latest News

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Q House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

October 15, 2021 

Saturday, October 30th, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

197 Dixwell Ave, New Haven

Please join the Q House Advisory Board, City of New Haven, LEAP, New Haven Free Public Library, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, and the New Haven Department of Elderly Services. In celebrating the revival of the historic Q House and its renewed promise to the community of New Haven.

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New Haven Mayor Announces Climate Task Force

December 1, 2020 

DECEMBER 1, 2020


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Today, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker formally announced the formation of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force. The formation of a climate task force was part of a resolution unanimously approved by the New Haven Board of Alders in September of last year. The group will be aimed at tackling climate change in New Haven head-on, including an aim to end community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by or before December 31, 2030, and to initiate an effort to safely draw down carbon from the atmosphere.

“We are in the midst of deeply challenging times and climate change is one of the most pressing challenges as it confronts the very existence of our planet as we know it,” said Mayor Justin Elicker. “The City of New Haven has been working on many different climate initiatives; however, the taskforce will bring focus, advocacy, and support to those and other new initiatives. While it took longer than expected to finalize, we are excited about the membership of the taskforce that includes passionate advocates to keep pushing us to new limits, area experts that bring deep knowledge, and community leaders to ensure the community’s voice is prominent at the table,” he concluded.

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Virtual Town Hall on Racism as a Public Health Issue

October 12, 2020 





(New Haven)- In response to recent events The Board of Alders empaneled a working group on Racism as a Public Health Issue.
The group, chaired by Alder Darryl J. Brackeen, Jr. (D-26) chair of the Board of Alders Health and Human Services Committee also includes alders, city officials, health professionals, and policy influencers.
The panel will host a virtual town hall to get public input on the issue.
The virtual town hall will be online on Thursday, October 15 at 6 PM

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