“Like most urban mayors, John DeStefano’s achievements are mixed with controversy,” says McLean. “In the ’90s, he made use of federal grants and a partnership with Yale to make New Haven into a cultural, technological and academic center in Connecticut. He led a huge effort to rebuild schools and to create the New Haven Promise, giving more hope to working-class kids in the city. He pushed for better police protection and city services for undocumented immigrants, provoking outrage from anti-immigration groups nationally. Yet New Haven is still dependent on federal and state grants and continually on the brink of fiscal crisis. Insider deals continue to be the norm. He allowed community policing to wither until the murder wave of 2011, and, even after reviving community policing, a few neighborhoods still suffer an epidemic of violent crime.”
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