West Haven Mayor O’Brien, primary winner Rossi react to upset

By Mark Zaretsky,

WEST HAVEN >> Victorious Democratic mayoral candidate Nancy Rossi and Mayor Ed O’Brien both were still adjusting to the new reality of West Haven politics Wednesday, one day after Rossi’s stunning Tuesday primary upset, as the shape of the Democratic Party’s blended slate in the Nov. 7 election became clearer.

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Riccio, Rossi express concerns about West Haven finances, possible state bailout

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register

WEST HAVEN — Mayor Ed O'Brien's two opponents in the Nov. 7 election, Democrat nominee Nancy Rossi and Republican nominee David Riccio, both expressed concerns about the city's fiscal condition in light of a New Haven Register report that the city and state are talking about possible additional state fiscal assistance for West Haven.

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Rossi bests incumbent Mayor O’Brien in West Haven Dem primary

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register 

WEST HAVEN >> Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi stunned Mayor Ed O’Brien and the Democratic Town Committee Tuesday with a narrow victory — and a split City Council — in a primary election that suggested voters are discontent with the current state of the city.

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O’Brien, Rossi spar in West Haven over contested budget deficit

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register

WEST HAVEN >> The city has a $14.5 million hole in its current year budget as a result of the latest state budget outlined in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Executive Order 58, which will reduce the amount of state aid West Haven receives by $6.59 million, Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi says.

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West Haven Council Approves $150.5 Million in Bonds for School Construction, Deficit

WEST HAVEN >> The City Council approved bonding ordinances for both the long-discussed, amended $17.35 million financing of the city’s accumulated deficit and the $133.25 million West Haven High School reconstruction project late Monday after hours of discussion of both and an earlier anti-bonding rally on the Green.

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Rossi Announces Slate Looking to Take Over West Haven

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register

WEST HAVEN >> Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi announced the slate this week that is expected to run with her to challenge incumbent Mayor Ed O’Brien and the slate that the Democratic Town Committee is expected to endorse next month.

Rossi, a certified public accountant and former City Council Finance Committee chairwoman, will challenge O’Brien in a Democratic primary Sept. 12.

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West Haven Mayor, Challenger Square off Over $9M Increase to Build New High School

WEST HAVEN >> Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi laid the blame for the escalating cost of the West Haven High School re-construction project at the feet of Mayor Ed O’Brien Tuesday, saying he’s “costing the taxpayers of West Haven more than $9 million because he chose to play politics” with it.

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West Haven City Council mulls amending bond deficit package

WEST HAVEN >> With the annual audit of fiscal 2015-16 now delivered to the city — and showing the city’s cumulative deficit rising by $500,000 to $16.8 million — the long-discussed deficit financing plan to bond the deficit and pay it off over time is ready to go forward.

But the total price with costs factored in has risen to $17.35 million.

Mayor Ed O’Brien’s administration is asking the City Council to amend the original 2016 ordinance authorizing the procedure to reflect the higher number. Residents got their first chance to sound off on the idea Monday night.

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West Haven mayor, challenger spar over high school demolition, construction

WEST HAVEN >> Democratic mayoral challenger Nancy Rossi said she has “serious concerns” about the West Haven High School renovation project’s financing and demolition schedule — and in particular, about the city’s plans to begin demolition of the existing shop wing this summer, before bids are awarded on the project’s construction.

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Disturbed asbestos at West Haven High, no-bid contract draw fire

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