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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 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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NEW HAVEN BLACK LIVES MATTER STREET MURAL

September 19, 2020

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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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New Haven Black Lives Matter Street Mural

September 18, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

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, Mayor Elicker to Attend

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 welcome a series of mural projects being executing in solidarity and support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the City of New Haven.

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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

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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

MEDIA ADVISORY

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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Mayor Elicker, Gov. Lamont Celebrate 100th Anniversary of New Haven Union Station

September 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal, state, & local officials and development partners also on hand for a salute to City landmark, unveiling of the new management agreement, and planned station improvements.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mayor Justin Elicker joined Gov. Ned Lamont, and a delegation of federal, state, and local elected officials and economic development partners to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Union Station. The celebration, initially scheduled for April 5, the actual centennial of the station's April 5, 1920 dedication, was postponed amidst the shutdown in response to COVID-19. In addition to celebrating the building itself and its vital importance to City and state, officials used Thursday's event to announce a new partnership agreement to manage the two rail stations in New Haven owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).

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Mayor Elicker, Rep. DeLauro to Announce $1M Awarded to New Haven Firefighters

September 8, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Wednesday, September 9, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Fire Chief John Alson, and City Officials will announce the City has been awarded $920,400 for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, the largest recipient in the state. AFG is administered through FEMA, and these funds will be used to acquire new breathing apparatuses for the New Haven Fire Department.

AFG Announcement and Live Burn Demonstration

Mayor Elicker, Rep. DeLauro, Chief Alston, Rick Fontana, Alder Antunes, City Officials

Will Conduct a Live Exercise at the Fire Training Academy

New Haven Fire Training Academy

230 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard

New Haven, CT 06519

Wednesday, September 9

1:00 PM

Speakers will include- New Haven Mayor Elicker, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, New Haven Fire Chief John Alston, and Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana. Following the speakers, New Haven Firefighters will conduct a live burn on-site to demonstrate the proper use of the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

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