October 19, 2021

Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Candidates Respond to Our Questions

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OLD LYME — In keeping with our now almost 18-year tradition and in the interests of increasing voter knowledge prior to the upcoming election, we posed three questions in writing to the four candidates for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, who will be on the ballot in the Nov. 2 election.

There is no contest for the Lyme Board of Selectmen, where the three incumbents are unopposed

The questions were:

1. Why are you running for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen?

2. What is your opinion of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, which was originally proposed by Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal in August 2020 as a document that the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen should approve? It remains unsigned — please indicate whether you would be willing to sign it, if elected.

3. What do you consider are currently the three most important issues in Old Lyme that require the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, (with the exception of the Resolution on Racism discussed in Question 2)? Describe how you would move forward on each issue, if elected.

We gave a 300-word limit for the response to each question to which each candidate strictly adhered: we are most appreciative of that.

We are delighted that all the candidates responded to our questions in a timely manner. We thank them sincerely and are pleased to publish their responses today accompanied by their respective biographies, for which we gave a 100-word limit, and photos.

We would also like to state that — again in keeping with our long-held policy — we will not be making any candidate endorsements.

Click on the links below to read each candidate’s responses:

Candidates for Old Lyme First Selectman

Timothy C. Griswold (R – Incumbent)

Martha Shoemaker (D)

Candidates for Old Lyme Selectmen

Jim Lampos (D)

Matthew Ward (R)

Region 18 BOE ‘Meet the Candidates’ Event Will Be Held In-Person Tomorrow, Also Live-Streamed and Recorded

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LYME-OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce are hosting an in-person, Meet the Candidates for Board of Education event on Wednesday, Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

LymeLine.com is proud to sponsor the event and all are welcome.

The eight candidates running for the Old Lyme open seats on the Region 18 Board of Education (BOE) will give prepared statements and answer questions posed by the Event Moderator, Attorney John A. Collins III of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law.

Three Old Lyme incumbents on the current Region 18 BOE — Chair Diane Linderman, Treasurer Jean Wilczynski and Rick Goulding — have chosen not to seek re-election. Old Lyme incumbent Martha Shoemaker is seeking reelection.

Lyme incumbent Stacey Leonardo (D) is also not seeking re-election.

The eight candidates running for the four, four-year-term Old Lyme seats are:

  • Marisa Calvi-Rogers, (D)
  • Mona Colwell, (U) Endorsed by Old Lyme Republicans
  • Laura Dean-Frazier, (U) Endorsed by Old Lyme Republicans
  • Jason Kemp, (D)
  • Alexander Lowry, (D)
  • Michael Presti, (R)
  • Martha Shoemaker, (D), incumbent
  • Christopher Staab, (R)

Anna James (D), who is unable to attend the event, is running uncontested for the open Lyme seat.

Many thanks to all the readers, who submitted questions for possible use at the event. A significant number was received – far more than can be asked within the event’s timeline. The event planning committee will be solely responsible for selecting the questions asked at the event.  There will be no questions taken from the floor.

The program will be livestreamed on the Region 18 BOE YouTube channel at this link. It will also be recorded and posted at the same link for future viewing. Note: this is a new link from that previously announced.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

For further information, contact Mary Seidner at mseidner@lysb.org or 869-434-7208.

Old Lyme RTC Hosts ‘Sunset on the Sound’ Picnic to Kick Off Campaign Season

Special guests at the Old Lyme RTC picnic included (from left to right) Mike France, candidate for US Congress, 2nd District; State Representative Holly Cheeseman; former Connecticut House Minority Leader Themis Klarides; and State Representative Devin Carney.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Republican Town Committee kicked off the campaign season with its annual picnic Sept. 12 at Griswold Point. A crowd of more than 200 attended “Sunset on the Sound,” which featured a barbecue dinner, live music, and a silent auction, as well as the opportunity to meet candidates for office in Old Lyme.

Former gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski (left) chatted with State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) at the picnic.

State Representative Devin Carney and State Senator Paul Formica were among the local officials at the picnic, which also welcomed special guests Mike France, the Republican candidate for the 2nd US Congressional District; Themis Klarides, the former Connecticut House minority leader; state GOP chair Ben Proto; and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski.

Republican candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, Matt Ward (left) and Tim Griswold (incumbent First Selectman) shared a smile.

The main objective of the event was for attendees to get acquainted with the women and men, who are running for local office in this November’s election.

Board of Finance candidate Judith Read (left) and Zoning Board candidate Sloan Danenhower (center) chatted cheerfully with Barbara Crowley.

Vicki Lanier, RTC nominating chair, commented, “We are proud to put forth such a strong and diverse slate of candidates who will represent the town’s various constituent groups,” adding, “The full ticket reflects a solid mix of municipal experience, community service, and voter affiliation.”

Guests at the picnic enjoyed browsing the silent auction.

Over the next few weeks candidates and supporters will be knocking on doors and greeting voters at various locations in town.

The Republican-endorsed candidates for the Old Lyme seats on the Region 18 Board of Education gathered for a photo. From left to right are Mike Presti, Laura Dean-Frazier, Mona Colwell, and Chris Staab.

For more information about the GOP-endorsed candidates for November’s election, visit www.OldLymeRTC.org.

Op-Ed: Lampos Makes His Case, ‘I’m Not Running “Against” Anyone, But Rather “For” Old Lyme’

Jim Lampos

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted by Jim Lampos, who is the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Old Lyme Selectman and also for one of the two seats on the Old Lyme Planning Commission.

I am honored to be on the ballot for Old Lyme’s Board of Selectmen this November 2nd.  The Board of Selectmen has been meeting since our town’s founding over three hundred years ago, and our democratic institutions predate the founding of our nation by over a century.   Indeed, Old Lyme has one of the oldest continuous forms of democratic government in the world.  As a historian, when I read meeting records in our town hall archives I am struck by the degree to which decisions made long ago continue to resonate and influence our daily lives. From mundane tasks such as building roads and bridges to the pressing issues of the day, addressed in the Lyme Resolves of 1766 which outlined principles that still guide us, one thing is clear: Things we do and say in our civic life matter. And sometimes, it’s the things we don’t do or say that matter even more.  

Our times call for a broad perspective, and a willingness to listen, learn, and adapt.  As a small businessman who has successfully navigated the challenges of the Great Recession, the early days of the pandemic, and now the disruptions of the re-opening—I know that each day will present a new set of challenges that will call upon all of my skills and life experience. 

The education and training that has served me well as a businessman is even more applicable to the job of selectman. I received my B.A. in political sociology from Brandeis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. I was awarded a Kaplan Fellowship to attend the New School where I received my M.A. in policy analysis and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration. I worked on various urban renewal and planning projects in New York City, such as the successful redesign of Union Square Park, and served as Director of Development for Community Access, a nonprofit agency building housing for the homeless and mentally disabled. I am currently serving as an alternate on Old Lyme’s Planning Commission, and along with running for selectman I am also running for a full term on the Planning Commission.

I was born and raised here in Southeastern Connecticut, and have been living in Old Lyme for over 40 years—first as a summer resident, and since 2005 as a full-time resident with my wife Michaelle and our children Phoebe and Van. We chose to live in Old Lyme for the same reason so many others do: the transcendent beauty of our natural environment, our excellent school system, great institutions such as the Florence Griswold Museum and cultural events such as the Musical Masterworks concerts, and most of all, the proud tradition of our civic life. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love our town, and I’m not speaking rhetorically when I say that I’m not running “against” anyone, but rather “for” Old Lyme. In that spirit, I am reaching out to all residents regardless of party affiliation and asking for your vote.  

In the coming years, we will be facing challenges that we’ve never faced before. The “disruptive” technologies that have upended so much of our economy and daily lives will soon be transforming real estate and development. Climate change will be placing much of our low-lying coast in peril and testing our infrastructure. These challenges will require creative, forward-thinking solutions, backed by the support of informed and unified residents if we are to maintain our treasured small-town ambience and sense of place. We must look to the future, respect the past, and work to preserve our natural environment and natural resources. We must support our arts community and all of our businesses, including the farms which were so invaluable to us during the pandemic. We must continue to invest in our schools and find ways to develop new housing opportunities in neighborhood-appropriate ways so that our young families can stay here and our older residents can retire here in comfort and security, and we must do all of these things while being mindful of social equity and justice, because that is who we are as a community. I believe that my running mate, first selectwoman candidate Martha Shoemaker, and myself, along with the entire Democratic ticket, are uniquely qualified to guide us through the coming decade and make our town an even greater place to live. 

I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail, and to serving our town on the Board of Selectmen and Planning Commission. 

Letter to the Editor: Shoemaker Explains Decision to Run for Old Lyme’s ‘Top Job’ + BOE, Seeks Broad Support From Voters

To the Editor:

An Open Letter to the Residents of Old Lyme:

I am running for First Selectwoman of our town and I hope to earn the support of all our citizens whether they be Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated.  Old Lyme residents deserve a leader who will listen to their concerns, create sound fiscal budgets, and bring consensus among diverse groups working toward the common goal of improving our town.  I will prepare this town for the challenges of the future. My decision to run was prompted by overwhelming resident concerns that these critical responsibilities were not being met. I am confident that my skill-set and prior experience will enable me to address these issues

During my 35-year career as a public-school teacher I worked collaboratively with fellow teachers, administration, and parents to provide a quality education for students.  I served as the union president for the last twelve years of my tenure.  Mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills are tools that I incorporated to bring consensus between people.  These experiences will be crucial as First Selectwoman.  I am currently Co-Chair of the Lyme/Old Lyme Prevention Coalition (LOLPC) and President of the Friends of the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. I am passionate about public service and believe there is a benefit for the entire Old Lyme community in being able to integrate activities, align networks and identify compatible and complementary opportunities among organizations.  

I am also running for re-election to the Region 18 Board of Education. I was first elected to the Board for a four-year term in 2017 after retiring from teaching.  Public education has been and is an integral part of my life and is critically important to the residents of Old Lyme.  I have enjoyed working on the Board of Education and look forward to contributing to the Regional District 18 Strategic Plan beginning in the fall of 2021.

The role of First Selectwoman is to serve the community of Old Lyme and to maintain, and where appropriate improve, the quality of town assets and services for our citizens.  I will respect the trust you place in me to lead our town.  If also re-elected to the Board of Education, I will continue to collaborate with the other eight members of the board to make the best decisions we can for the public education our students deserve. 

I look forward to meeting you on the campaign trail.

Sincerely,

Martha H. Shoemaker,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Old Lyme First Selectwoman and also one of the four Democratic-endorsed candidates for the Region 18 Board of Education, on which she currently serves.

FloGris, PARJE Co-Host Lecture Today on ‘Murals and Monuments: The Politics of Public Art’

The history and practice of public art are the subject of a virtual lecture presented Wednesday, Sept. 1, by the FloGris Museum and PARJE.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum is partnering with Public Art for Racial Justice Education to present a free virtual lecture titled Murals and Monuments: The Politics of Public Art at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Mary Kordak, Professor of Art History at the University of New Haven, will talk about the history of murals/monuments and how they affect cultural change. This talk touches on the current debates over monuments, how important it is to remember our history, and how public art can help re-tell narratives that were historically racially unjust.
Audience members will participate in a Question & Answer session. The intent is that attendees leave with a deeper understanding of the history and practice of public art.
This lecture is part of a series “Arts & Advocacy: Methods to Spark Positive Change Through Art” is made possible with support from Connecticut Humanities.

Lyme/Old Lyme Democrats Host Gov. Lamont, Sen. Blumenthal at Summer Fundraiser

Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses Lyme-Old Lyme Democrats at their Summer Fundraiser held in Old Lyme yesterday. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

OLD LYME — Update 8/29 at 10:20pm with more photos. Around 80 Democrats from Lyme and Old Lyme attended a Summer Fundraiser Saturday afternoon.

Another photo of Sen. Blumenthal speaking at the event. Photo by Alex Roth Media.

Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Senator Richard Blumenthal all attended the fundraiser.

 

Governor Ned Lamont shares his hopes and concerns at the event. Old Lyme Democratic Town Chairman Christine Gianquinto (in blue) listens attentively to his words. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

Candidates running in the Lyme and Old Lyme municipal elections being held in November also attended.

From left to right, John Kiker, incumbent candidate for Lyme Board of Selectman and Martha Shoemaker, candidate for Old Lyme Lyme First Selectman joined Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz for a photo. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

The event was held at a private residence in Old Lyme.

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz gave a motivating speech. Photo by Alex Roth Media.

All three state dignitaries can be seen in the photo below: (from left to right) Governor Ned Lamont, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Photo by Alex Roth Media.

 

Lyme/Old Lyme Democrats Host Summer Fundraiser; Gov. Lamont, Sen. Blumenthal to Attend

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) (File photo)

Governor Ned Lamont (D) (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 28, the Democratic Town Committees (DTCs) of Lyme and Old Lyme will hold a Summertime Fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. in Old Lyme. The fundraiser is open to all area Democratic voters; the suggested donation is $25. 

Governor Ned Lamont and Senator Richard Blumenthal have now indicated they will both attend.

“Senator Blumenthal has always shown enthusiastic support of our local candidates during municipal elections, and his counsel and assistance will prove instrumental again this November,” said Old Lyme DTC Chair Christine Gianquinto, adding, “This is our way of saying thank  you.” 

Many of the candidates running for local office this November in Lyme and Old Lyme will be on hand at the fundraiser to greet and talk with constituents. 

To receive an official invitation to the fundraiser with all the details, interested residents should send an email to johnkiker@gmail.com.

To make a contribution to the fundraiser via the Lyme DTC, visit this link.

To make a contribution via the Old Lyme DTC, visit this link.

Contributions can also be made at the  event.

Update From Congressman Courtney on Hurricane Henri

The following is an important update sent out by Congressman Joe Courtney to the residents of the 2nd District.

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02)

OLD LYME/LYME — Tropical Storm Henri has intensified to a Category 1 hurricane, and it could make landfall in our region. As of this morning, the National Hurricane Center is projecting the storm to come ashore over Long Island and to move into Connecticut on Sunday afternoon or evening, and a hurricane watch has been issued for New London and Middlesex County. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the rest of the state.


Be careful out there—nothing is more important than protecting yourself and your family. Our local first responders are already making preparations to help our towns get through this, and Governor Lamont has already made a pre-land fall disaster request to FEMA to make sure our state is fully reimbursed for storm preparation and response, which I fully support. To all of our local firefighters, police officers, health care workers and other first responders: we are thankful for your service to our communities.

If you haven’t yet, you can take some steps now to get prepared. Below I’ve shared some information and resources from FEMA on how to get ready and stay safe. For more information from FEMA, click here. My office is monitoring the situation, and we’ll be ready to help anyone who needs to get connected to recovery resources.

 

Prepare Now for Hurricane Henri

Information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service National Hurricane Center expects hurricane conditions to begin late tonight or Sunday in portions of Connecticut and Long Island, New York. Storm surge watches are in effect for portions of Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Storm surge could be up to 5 feet in areas from coastal New Jersey to Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Heavy rainfall may result in flash, urban and small stream flooding.

Key Highlights

  • Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor their local news for updates and directions provided by their local officials and heed local evacuation orders. Gather supplies for your entire household now. Include medication, disinfectant supplies, face masks and pet supplies. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for several days.
  • FEMA is positioning supplies such as meals, water and generators to assist states anticipating impacts from Tropical Storm Henri. FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams and liaison officers are in place, while other teams are on standby for deployment if necessary.
  • Download the free FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices

Prepare to evacuate if ordered to do so

  • Storm Path: Hurricanes and tropical storms can produce high winds and heavy rains far from the storm’s center. Focus on the storm’s impact, not the predicted storm path. Now is the time to prepare for severe weather. Visit Ready.gov or listo.gov to learn how you can keep yourself, your family and your pets safe.
  • Evacuating: If you are in potentially affected areas, you should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a family emergency communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have plans for your family members and pets.
  • Personal Safety: Evacuate if told to do so. If you go to a community or group shelter, remember to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.

Be prepared for power outages before and after the storm

  • Use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage due to extreme risk of fire.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. A grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices should never be used inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. These should only be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.
  • Use a generator safely. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.
  • Keep generators outside and far away from your home. Windows, doors and vents could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Read both the label on your generator and the owner’s manual and follow the instructions.

Keep yourself safe before and after flooding 

  • Don’t drive through flood waters: Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • If you are a person with disabilities, you may need to take additional steps to plan for the needs of yourself and your service animal if you have one. Visit Ready.gov/floods to learn how to stay safe before, during and after a flood.
  • Stay out of floodwater. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines or contain hazards such as human and livestock waste, dangerous debris, contaminates that can lead to illness, or wild or stray animals.
  • Flood Insurance: Your National Flood Insurance Program policy will cover and reimburse certain actions you take to minimize damage to your home and belongings before a flood.

What to do if your home has been damaged by a flood 

  • Report your flood loss and damage immediately: Contact your insurance agent or carrier and be sure to ask them about advance payments. For finding your insurance agent or carrier, call the National Flood Insurance Program at 877-336-2627.

Lyme RTC Announces Slate of Candidates for November Election; Cross-Endorses Mattson (D) for First Selectman

LYME — David Lahm, chair of the Lyme Republican Town Committee (RTC) has announced that the Lyme Republicans met for a caucus on Monday, July 26, to endorse a slate of candidates for the Nov. 2, 2021 Municipal Election. 

The following individuals were endorsed for the positions indicated by all in attendance (I denotes the candidate is an incumbent):

Selectman:  David Lahm

Board of Finance:  Bruce Anderson

Board of Finance Alternate:  Thomas St. Louis

Planning & Zoning Commission:  David Tiffany (I)

Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate:  Frederick Gahagan (I)

Zoning Board of Appeals:  David Lahm (I)

In addition incumbent Democrat First Selectman Steve Mattson was cross-endorsed.

After the endorsements were announced, a Lyme RTC spokesperson commented, “Lyme voters of all parties value the importance of working together in the governance of the town going forward.”

Lyme DTC Endorses Slate of 14 Candidates for November Elections; Mattson, Kiker Running for Reelection to BOS

Lyme First Selectman Steve Mattson (right) and Lyme Selectman John Kiker, both Democrats, are both running for reelection in November 2021.

LYME – The Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced that, at a local Democratic caucus and committee meeting held July 27, a slate of 14 Democratic candidates was nominated and endorsed to run in the Nov. 2 municipal elections.  

Lyme First Selectman Steven Mattson and Selectman John Kiker received unanimous endorsements  for reelection – as did the other 12 Lyme residents who will be running for public office in November. 

In announcing the candidate slate, Lyme DTC Nominating Committee Chairperson Liz Frankel said,  “For the upcoming election, in addition to Steven and John, who have done a superb job of leading Lyme, we have recruited a select group of individuals who are not only highly qualified, but also extremely interested in serving the town we all love and cherish.” 

Four of the candidates – Anne Littlefield, Jim Miller, Laura Mooney and Alan Sheiness – are running  for public office for the first time, motivated by their love of the town and desire to be of service. 

Endorsed Lyme Democratic candidates for the November 2021 election are, from left to right, John Kiker, Alan Sheiness, Mary Stone, Bob House, Anna James, Toni Phillips, Phyllis Ross, Steve Mattson. Missing: Fred Harger, Ann Littlefield, Jim Miller, Laura Mooney.

Running for election this year will be: 

  • Bob House for Board of Finance 
  • Alan Sheiness for Board of Finance 
  • Jim Miller for Board of Finance Alternate 
  • Mary Stone for Library Board of Directors 
  • Laura Mooney for Library Board of Directors 
  • Phyllis Ross for Planning & Zoning Commission 
  • Mary Stone for Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate 
  • Anne Littlefield for Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate 
  • Anna James for Board of Education 
  • Fred Harger for Zoning Board of Appeals 
  • Toni Phillips for Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate 

Running for reelection will be: 

  • Steven Mattson for First Selectman 
  • John Kiker for Selectman and Zoning Board of Appeals 

The Lyme DTC’s mission is to support and strengthen the Democratic Party in the Town of Lyme  and the State of Connecticut. 

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued this afternoon, July 28, by the Lyme DTC.

After 10 Years Service, Nosal Explains Her Decision Not to Seek Reelection to Old Lyme BOS; Will Run For Zoning Commission

“It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Old Lyme as a Selectwoman for the past 10 years.” (Mary Jo Nosal)

Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal is not seeking reelection. (File photo)

OLD LYME — Mary Jo Nosal has served as Old Lyme Selectman for the past 10 years, but when the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (OL DTC) announced their slate of candidates for the upcoming November election, her name was against neither the position of Selectman nor First Selectman.

Asked by phone why that was the case, she said simply, “It’s time after 10 years for new ideas.”

She added, “It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Old Lyme as a Selectwoman [for that time.]”

Additionally in an e-mailed statement, Nosal said, “I chose not to run for the Board of Selectmen as I believe it is time for … other qualified individuals to serve.”
Commenting on the OL DTC’s selection of Martha Shoemaker  and Jim Lampos for the top spots, Nosal stated, “I support the exceptionally qualified and enthusiastic candidates endorsed by the OL DTC. Martha Shoemaker for First Selectman and Jim Lampos for the Board of Selectmen are experienced, eminently qualified and know Old Lyme. They will work hard for the community.”
Although not running for the board of selectmen, Nosal’s name is on the slate as a candidate for the Old Lyme Zoning Commission. Asked about that decision, she explained, “I am ready, if elected, to focus my energies on the Zoning Commission.”
Noting in her statement that there is, “Important work facing the Old Lyme Zoning Commission,” she said, “I believe my experience will bring value to the Zoning Commission.”

 

Old Lyme DTC Announces Candidates for November Election; Shoemaker To Challenge Griswold as First Selectman with Lampos as Running Mate

Martha Shoemaker will challenge Time Griswold (R) for the position of First Selectman in November. Photo from Region18.org website.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (OL DTC) announced their slate of candidates for the November election in a press release this afternoon.

The announcement was released by Christine Giaquinto, OL DTC Chairman, and read as follows:

‘After thoughtful consideration, the OL DTC is proud to endorse the following candidates for the November 2021 municipal election. All of these candidates are qualified and ready to lead the Town of Old Lyme as we look to the future. They all believe in transparency and accountability in government and they will listen, communicate and advocate for good, equitable and fiscally responsible policy.
First Selectman – Martha H. Shoemaker
11/16/2021-11/21/2023
Selectman – Jim Lampos
11/16/2021-11/21/2023
Board of Assessment Appeals – George C. Finley
11/16/2021-11/18/2025
Board of Finance – Anna S. Reiter
11/16/2021-11/16/2027
Board of Finance – Bradley Mock
11/16/2021-11/16/2027
Board of Finance – Kim Russell Thompson
11/16/2021-11/18/2025 (to fill a vacancy for 4 years)
Board of Finance alternate – Sarah E. Michaelson
11/16/2021-11/21/2023
Board of Finance alternate – Katherine Thuma
11/16/2021-11/21/2023
Planning Commission – Rob McCarthy
11/15/2022-11/16/2027
Planning Commission – Jim Lampos
11/16/2021-11/17/2026
Regional Board of Education – Martha H. Shoemaker
12/1/2021-12/1/2025
Regional Board of Education – Alexander Lowry
12/1/2021-12/1/2025
Regional Board of Education – Jason L. Kemp
12/1/2021-12/1/2025
Regional Board of Education – Marisa Calvi-Rogers
12/1/2021-12/1/2025
Zoning Board of Appeals – Kip Kotzan
11/16/2021-11/17/2026
Zoning Board of Appeals – Russell Fogg
11/15/2022-11/16/2027
Zoning Board of Appeals alternate – Kathleen Tracy
11/16/2021-11/21/2023
Zoning Commission – Maria Martinez
11/16/2021-11/17/2026
Zoning Commission – Mary Jo Nosal
11/15/2022-11/16/2027

Griswold Running Again for Old Lyme First Selectman, Republicans Approve Full Slate of Candidates for November; No Word Yet on Election From Democrats

OLD LYME — The Chair of the Republican Town Committee’s Nominating Committee, Vicki Lanier, has shared the party’s slate of endorsed candidates for the November election with us. These were approved at the RTC meeting held Thursday evening and are as follows with incumbents noted with an (I) after their name:

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold is running again in November 2021 as the endorsed Republican candidate for First Selectman.

First Selectman:
Tim Griswold (I)

Selectman:
Matt Ward

Town Clerk:
Vicki Urbowicz (I)

Board of Finance:
Andrew Russell (I)
Judith Read (I)

Board of Finance Alternates:
Maria Marchant
Matthew Olson

Board of Assessment Appeals:
Tim Griswold

Planning Commission:
Todd Machnik (I)

Zoning Commission:
Sloane Danenhauer
Jane Marsh (I)

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA):
Dan Montano

ZBA Alternates:
Steven Cinami
Rod Clingman
Chris Kerr

Region 18 Board of Education (BOE):
Mona Colwell
Laura Dean-Frazier
Michael Presti
Chris Staab

Regarding the incumbent Old Lyme members of the Region 18 BOE, Chairman Diane Linderman (D), Treasurer Jean Wilczynski (D) and Rick Goulding (D) are all not seeking re-election. Secretary Martha Shoemaker’s (D) four-year term will also end, but she is seeking another term.

Lyme incumbent Stacey Leonardo (D) is also stepping down.

UPDATED: Lyme Selectmen Approve Equality Resolution

LYME — Latest Comment Posted 7/16: UPDATED 7/12, 11:30pm, with Lyme Selectman’s comments (in red): According to the published minutes of the Lyme Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting held Tuesday, July 6, the board approved a motion to adopt, “a Resolution supporting equality.”

The Lyme Sustainability Committee had proposed adoption of the Resolution, “both for its affirmative value along with the points awarded for such a resolution adoption as the committee moves forward to gaining state recognition as a Sustainable Community.”

Selectman John Kiker (D) proposed the motion and Selectman Parker Lord (R) seconded it.

Asked by email how he felt about the Lyme BOS approving the Resolution, Selectman Kiker responded, “The resolution is a public reaffirmation of the Town’s longstanding policies and values, which moves us closer to our goal of becoming a SustainableCT community.”

He continued, “Lyme has long had policies in place prohibiting discrimination of any kind, and strives to live up to the promise of those policies,” concluding, “Lyme is a welcoming, inclusive community that believes in the founding American principle that all people are created equal.”

The following is the full text of the Resolution that was passed:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING EQUALITY FOR ALL 

WHEREAS, racism and racial prejudice have been a part of our nations long history; and 

WHEREAS, racism causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life, including housing, education, employment, health status and criminal justice; and 

WHEREAS, our nation was founded on the principal that All Men (and Women) Are Created Equal; and 

WHEREAS, discrimination against any group of people is contrary to our belief in, and our value of, equality; and 

WHEREAS, discrimination in any form carries a social and economic cost; and 

WHEREAS, Lyme considers itself a welcoming and inclusive community

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Selectmen of the Town of Lyme hereby

Reaffirms our value and belief that All People are Created Equal

Disavows any words or actions that would discriminate against any group of people, including, but not limited to, discrimination based upon race, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation or identity, disability, or economic status

Declares that the Town and its government will act in ways to prevent and remove discrimination and will not accept discrimination in any form from its employees and volunteers

Supports efforts in the community and schools that will educate on issues of equality

Supports efforts to reduce economic inequality in the Town of Lyme.

Editor’s Note: More to follow on this developing story.

Sen. Formica Applauds Passage of Expanded Gaming for Connecticut

Sen. Republican Leader Pro Tempore and State Senator Paul Formica (R)

HARTFORD – On Tuesday, May 26, the Senate passed HB 6451 in a 28-6 vote which contains the agreement between the Governor and the Tribes to enable expanded gaming (online gambling and sports betting). The measure is one step closer to becoming law and now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Sen. Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme), whose District includes Old Lyme, released the following statement in support of the bill’s passage:

Today’s vote recognizes long-standing partnership the state government has had with the Tribes [who are] owners and operators of the two largest casino resorts in the world, and have grown to be one of the top job providers in our state attracting thousands and thousands of visitors each year.

The State of Connecticut realizes over $260 million produced by slot machine revenue each year to support the state budget and today we took an important step to enable further revenue opportunities, job creation and advancing industry in Connecticut.

Beyond revenue, the Tribes’ provide so much for our state through their philanthropic activities, the tens of thousands of jobs they continue to create as a result of their continued excellence of these two casino resorts, the largest in the world, located right here in Eastern Connecticut.

I am glad to see members from both sides of the aisle vote to support modernizing how Connecticut operates. This agreement should serve as a beacon and reminder of the potential positive outcomes when all involved parties work together to explore new opportunities. The outcome has provided solutions to expanding revenue sources and keeping Connecticut competitive in this ever-changing world.

Investing in this new online technology and continuing the state’s partnership with the Tribal Nations will protect Connecticut jobs, support our communities and continue to provide for all their employees in Southeastern Connecticut.

Rep. Carney Co-Sponsors Bill to Remove Race Designation from Marriage Licenses, Land Records

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

HARTFORD – State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), whose district includes both Lyme and Old Lyme, voted Tuesday, May 11, in favor of a proposal to prohibit restrictive covenants based on race.

The proposal, HB-6665, An Act Concerning the Removal of Restrictive Covenants Based on Race and Elimination of the Race Designation on Marriage Licenses, would prohibit restrictive covenants – defined as “an instrument affecting the title to real property that purports to restrict ownership or occupancy of such real property on the basis of race.”

As a co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Carney said, “This bill is long overdue in creating a process to strike racist language from our covenants and marriage certificates and I was thrilled to see it pass unanimously.”

According to the bill, by Dec. 1, 2021, the Office of Policy and Management must develop a standardized form to report unlawful restrictive covenants, town clerks must make such forms available on a municipality’s websites where land records are kept, along with posting a notice informing the public of the provisions of this section in the town clerk’s office where land records are kept.

Current state law requires applicants provide their race or face having their application denied.

Despite the Department of Public Health collecting this information, it does not serve any intended purpose. HB-6665 would therefore eliminate applicants from being required to provide race as a requirement for approval.

Connecticut is only one of eight states that requires couples to identify their race before obtaining a marriage license.

The bill received unanimous support from the House and will now move onto the Senate for further action.

Statement From Old Lyme DTC Shows Support for Master Plan in Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: We received the following statement from the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, which we are publishing in full for the benefit of our readers. 

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee applauds the work of the Halls Road Improvements Committee and the Economic Development Commission in their efforts to develop a viable plan for our town center, Halls Road.

Once adopted, a master plan will encourage development that enhances our community and maintains the character of our small town, and it will deter unwanted businesses that do not, such as additional gas stations and convenience stores.

We urge all members of the community to embrace the work of both organizations, offer their input, and support the development of a master plan for Halls Road. We believe this will protect our quality of life, strengthen any application for available funding by demonstrating fiscal responsibility, and be in the best interests of the future of Old Lyme.

We urge the Republican Town Committee to join us in this position.

State Senators Needleman, Formica Discuss Energy, Technology Priorities on Lee Elci Show, Now Available on Demand

Senators Norm Needleman, left, and Paul Formica from a 2019 television appearance. File photo submitted by Sen. Needleman’s office.

LYME/OLD LYME — This past Monday, Jan. 25, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) joined Lee Elci’s talk show on Radio 94.9 News Now for an extended, detailed discussion of the Energy & Technology Committee’s 2021 priorities and focuses. The Senators came together in a bipartisan fashion to discuss pressing issues driving their decisions and thoughts as the 2021 legislative session begins in earnest.

“Thank you to Lee Elci for opening up an hour of his show to discuss energy issues in Connecticut with Senator Needleman and me,” said Sen. Formica. “The important and challenging work of the state’s Energy & Technology Committee continues to attempt to balance generation and supply in a bipartisan way to benefit the citizens and ratepayers of Connecticut. It was great to share part of that process with the listeners of the Lee Elci show. I look forward to further, in depth conversations on energy.”

“I’m glad I was able to join Senator Formica and Lee to discuss this session’s many focuses,” said Sen. Needleman. “From the cost of energy to pursuing renewable sources of generation to looking into company and corporate practices, the Energy & Technology Committee is dedicated to tackling a number of vital and important issues in the coming months. I think Monday’s conversation helped us ensure we’re focused on what matters most – what’s best for the people of Connecticut.”

Monday’s discussion on the Lee Elci Show is available on-demand in recorded format on Elci’s SoundCloud page, located here. On the January 25, 2021 broadcast, available here, the discussion between the Senators and Elci begins at around roughly the 2-hour 58-minute mark.

Editor’s Note: The 20th Senatorial District, which State Sen. Formica represents, includes Old Lyme. The 33rd Senatorial District, which State Sen. Needleman represents, includes Lyme.

Rep. Devin Carney Named Ranking Member of Legislature’s Transportation Committee

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) File photo.

HARTFORD – State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), who was reelected in November to the position he has held since 2015, has received his committee assignments for the 2021 legislative session.

These include being named as the Ranking Member of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee by House Republican Leader-elect Vincent Candelora.

“Whether it’s highway congestion in Fairfield County or a failing bridge in the state’s Quiet Corner, transportation-related issues have and will continue to be a major point of conversation at the capitol,” Candelora said. “Devin understands both the importance of improving our transportation grid and the budgetary challenges that stand in the way.”

Candelora continued, “His ability to see all sides of an issue and understand a proposal’s impact on the people we’re elected to serve make him a perfect fit for this role, and I look forward to working with him as he helps lead discussion on this committee whose work affects so many aspects of life in Connecticut.”

Having been a member of the committee for the past six years, the familiarity of responsibilities that come with this appointment is one Rep. Carney knows well, having served in the same capacity from 2017 to 2018 under former Minority Leader Themis Klarides.

“It’s an honor to have been chosen to serve as the Ranking Member of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee,” Rep. Carney said, continuing, “Serving in this capacity will not only allow me to be a strong voice for our region, but also address issues ranging from the safety of I-95 to wait times at the DMV. I look forward to working with the committee members on these types of issues again next year.”

The Transportation Committee has oversight on all matters relating to the Department of Transportation, including highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads; and to the State Traffic Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He will also return as a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Ranking Member of the Transportation Bonding Subcommittee and will begin his first term on the Education Committee. Rep. Carney was also named an Assistant House Republican Leader and chosen, again, to serve on the House Republican Screening Committee.

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee focuses on issues relating to finance, revenue, capital bonding, fees and taxation. The committee also oversees employer contributions for unemployment compensation and all matters relating to the Department of Revenue Services and the revenue aspects of the Division of Special Revenue.

The Education Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Education; local and regional boards of education and the substantive law of collective bargaining covering teachers and professional employees of such boards; vocational rehabilitation; the Commission on the Arts; and libraries, museums and historical and cultural associations.

The House Republican Screening Committee is a select committee that reviews all bill proposals before they reach the floor of the House for a final vote.

Editor’s Notes: i) The 23rd House District includes Lyme, Old Lyme Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.
ii) This article is based on a press release issued by the House Republican Office of the Connecticut General Assembly.