UPDATED: Senate Votes to Approve Expanded Absentee Voting, 35 – 1

The Connecticut Senate voted 35-1 to give its approval to the bill that would expand absentee voting during the 2020 November election after a lengthy debate Tuesday. Sen. Rob Sampson, R-Wolcott, raised two amendments that the Senate voted down. One would have removed the special ballot boxes the Secretary of the State’s office bought for absentee ballot collections.  The other would have prevented the Secretary of the State from mailing out “unsolicited” absentee ballot applications, which some Republicans have criticized Secretary of the State Denise Merrill for doing ahead of the August primary election. Sampson voted in favor of the

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Planning and Zoning Candidates Draw Sharp Lines in Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — In the last several weeks, three candidates for the Planning Commission and three for the Zoning Commission individually discussed their reasons for running and their goals for the town during phone interviews with CT Examiner.  Out of the eight total candidates across the two commissions, two Democrats and four Republicans responded to CT Examiner’s request for phone interviews and answered questions about the future development of the town.  Planning Commission — Ross and Klose Democratic candidate and incumbent alternate Alexander Klose, is competing with incumbent board member Steven Ross, a Republican, for a seat on the Town

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Letter: Who Will Run Old Lyme?

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I attended the debate between Bonnie Reemsnyder and Tim Griswold. One issue stood out. Our current Selectwoman continually explores solutions to our problems by going to outside sources. She is content to have East Lyme, New London, New Haven, and Hartford address our problems and manage our community. Tim Griswold believes in the people of our town. Your friends and your neighbors. Tim acknowledges our town is unique, and we the people of Old Lyme are well equipped to solve our problems. Policing, affordable housing, and Halls Road are all examples of outsiders being courted to change Old Lyme versus

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Letter: Griswold Offers Measured Leadership to Challenges Facing Old Lyme

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There are many reason to support Tim Griswold for first selectman of Old Lyme, but here are three issues that I believe we should carefully consider before voting in the November 5 election. Halls Road For 5 years, the current administration has outsourced Halls Road improvements to an ad-hoc “Halls Road Improvement Committee” with no results except for a cost of $40,000 paid to the Yale School of Urban Design (YSUD).  Alan Plattus, of the YSUD, stated in a public meeting that: “Halls Road is Broken.” I think that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Halls Road, specifically the Old

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Briefly, the Old Lyme Selectmen Debate

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Nearly 200 people filled Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s auditorium on Wednesday night for the selectman debate between Democratic incumbents Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal and Republican candidate Tim Griswold. The audience was filled with town residents including several candidates for other offices in Old Lyme. Current Republican selectman Chris Kerr, however, was not present. Kerr submitted an opening statement, but otherwise declined to participate in the event. The decision was made to host the event in an empty seat format which gave equal time to all candidates present. The Lyme Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce sponsored event was moderated

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Essex Candidates for First Selectman Sound Off

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With a $900,000 surplus, and a mill rate that has fallen each of the last two years, Norm Needleman, the incumbent running for a fifth consecutive term as first selectman of Essex, says that Essex has never been better. Matt Fleming, his challenger, says that if elected his priority will be to keep costs under control. However, unlike Needleman, Fleming does not think the town has been doing a good job of that. “The mill rate went down, but assessments on houses went up, explain to me how that helps,” Fleming said. “He is passing things in Hartford right now

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Secretary of the State Certifies Tim Griswold as Republican Candidate for First Selectman of Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — With 189 valid signatures, the secretary of the state’s office has certified Tim Griswold as a candidate for first selectman of Old Lyme. He will appear on the ballot for the November 5 election as the Republican Party candidate. “I am gratified by the support of Old Lyme republicans and look forward to beginning the campaign that will promote our outstanding slate of candidates,” Griswold said. If elected, Griswold said he will focus on wrapping up a number of ongoing projects, including of the combining police forces with East Lyme, sewering the Old Lyme beach communities, the

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Tim Griswold Starts Petition Drive to Appear on Ballot for First Selectman of Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — With only five days left before the deadline to submit a petition, Tim Griswold has begun collecting signatures to appear on the ballot in November for first selectman of Old Lyme. Griswold, who previously served as first selectman for 14 years until losing a 2011 election to current incumbent Bonnie Reemsnyder, decided to run again he said to make sure that all town residents have a choice when they go to the polls this year. “I think really giving people a choice is quite important. I know when I did seven terms, I think one of them

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