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Local young politicians seek fresh faces

Young politicians are a hot commodity in Connecticut this year. Brackeen was first elected as Ward 26 alder in 2013 when he was just 25, becoming the ward’s youngest and first African-American alder. “There are many challenges that we are facing across the state,” Brackeen said. “It certainly won’t hurt to bring folks together in a collaborative way to find progressive …

Connecticut schools must set a higher standard of achievement

When scores from Connecticut’s new statewide test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), are released to the public later this month, Connecticut districts, school leaders, community members and families will have a more accurate representation of where our children are with regards to their college and career readiness. As a former educator and Connecticut public school student, I know all …

Clean Air Act

Alder Darryl Brackeen, Jr., D-26, and the Clean Air Advisory Council sponsored a resolution that urges the sdministrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and President Barack Obama “to move swiftly to fully employ and enforce the Clean Air Act to do our part to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million,” “New Haven is on …

Lawmakers Take Up Domestic Workers’ Cause

New Haven’s lawmakers heard their story and took up the cause. The domestic workers testified before the Human Services Committee of the Board of Alders at City Hall this past Thursday night. The committee voted unanimously to support a resolution that will put New Haven on record as backing a state proposal, sponsored by New Haven State Sen. Gary Winfield, …