August 8, 2020

Former Old Lyme First Selectwoman Testifies at State Transportation Committee’s Public Hearing on CPA

CHRISTINE STUART/ CTNEWSJUNKIE PHOTO. Published with permission of  Bonnie Reemsnyder and Scott Bates, two former Port Authority board members, testify at Wednesday’s hearing.

HARTFORD, CT / OLD LYME — The massive stroke suffered by the Connecticut Port Authority’s former executive director, Evan Matthews, on May 26, 2017, took a toll on operations and contributed to the contracting issues at the quasi-public agency.

Matthews, who voluntarily testified Wednesday at the Transportation Committee’s public hearing on a second state audit of the organization, said some of the contracting issues “were related to the CPA reacting to this emergency.” He also said he was not given a chance to sit down with the auditors and explain to them the unique circumstances “to give them context for why some decisions were being made.”

However, …

Read the full article by Christine Stuart and titled, Former Executive Director Says His Health Contributed To Problems At Port Authority, published Dec. 4 on


Senator Murphy’s Vote Was Not Counted in Old Lyme Election

OLD LYME — It was one of the most hotly-contested local elections in the state, but not everyone’s ballot was counted.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy voted by absentee ballot in the Nov. 5 election, but his vote was not counted because — unbeknownst to the senator — his name had been moved to the inactive voter list.

Shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate …

Read the full article written by Christine Stuart and published Nov. 26 on at this link.


News Associations Concerned Over Digital Political Ad Reporting Requirements

Sen. Matt Lesser and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. Photo by Christine Stuart/CT NewsJunkie file photo

The Connecticut Broadcasters Association and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association are lobbying against legislation that seeks to target “online platforms” with reporting requirements for political advertising.

In an open letter to the General Administration and Elections Committee, which forwarded HB 7329 to the House on April 1 by a 12-3 vote, the news associations said the requirements in the bill would “create costly administrative burdens” and would act like a “hidden tax” on news organizations.

At the minimum, the bill would require …

Follow this link to read the full article by Christine Stuart and published today on



Salary, Other Benefits Become An Issue In Local Senate District

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron                                                               CTNEWSJUNKIE FILE PHOTO

Editor’s Note: We are providing this link to an article by Christine Stuart published on Oct. 24, since it pertains to the senate race affecting the residents of Lyme. is a fellow member of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers national organization and we are pleased occasionally to cross-publish our stories.

HARTFORD, CT — On paper it looks like state Rep. Melissa Ziobron, who is in a pitched battle for a state Senate seat, was the highest paid state legislator in 2017.

Her opponent in the race, Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman, sent out a press release last week to highlight the fact that Ziobron collected $18,379 in “other” pay last year. That’s on top of a base salary of $32,241 for the part-time lawmaker.

In a phone interview last week, Ziobron said that Needleman is wrong.

Read the full article at this link.


House Democrats Get Jump On Toll Debate

Rep. Antonio Guerrera, who co-chairs the Transportation Committee, speaks during Monday’s press conference on tolls. Photo by Christine Stuart.

Read the full story, which includes a quote by local State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and was published on, Jan. 29. at this link.

HARTFORD — Democratic legislative leaders in the House weren’t going to wait for the start of the legislative session to debate electronic tolls. They want to hold a vote and pass it as soon as possible.

“Connecticut residents can’t afford to wait; we must invest in transportation now,” Rep. Antonio Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill, said. “Every day we put off making these tough decisions, we risk tragedy on our decaying roads and bridges.”

Guerrera and Rep. Chris Perone plan on …

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Clinton Stumps for Malloy in New Haven, Highlights Governor’s Strengths

Photo by Christine Stuart/ Former Pres. Clinton shakes hands on his way in to give a speech for Gov. Malloy at the Omni in New Haven on Tuesday

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Former Pres. Clinton shakes hands on his way in to give a speech for Gov. Malloy at the Omni in New Haven on Tuesday

Former President Bill Clinton told a friendly crowd of party loyalists Tuesday that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy should be elected by 10 points or more based on what he’s been able to accomplish.

That’s the message Clinton told a half-full ballroom of supporters at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. He also said …

Read the full story by Christine Stuart and published on Sept. 2, at this link. is a proud member of the Independent Media Network LLC, along with


Six Year Old Seeks To Sue State Over Sandy Hook Shooting

File photo by Melissa Bailey, published in

File photo by Melissa Bailey, published in

Attorney Irv Pinsky has filed a $100 million claim against the state on behalf of his six-year-old client who was in the Sandy Hook Elementary School when gunman Adam Lanza entered the school on Dec. 14 and killed 20 kindergarten students and six teachers before turning the gun on himself.

Read the full story written by Christine Stuart and published Dec. 28 in one of our partner online newspapers,, at this link.