With the legislative session starting next week, Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz announced the appointments of five people to her staff.
Among those picks is Samuel Carmody, a Wallingford resident and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He will oversee legislative and government relations.
Prior to the appointment, Carmody worked as Bysiewicz’s campaign manager for the primary and general election. He has also previously worked as the director of party affairs for the state Democratic party. Locally, he was also Wallingford’s Democratic registrar of voters from 2009 to 2013.
“The Lamont-Bysiewicz Administration is a team that as hit the ground running,” Carmody said in a statement. “I am excited and very proud to be joining that team as we work to grow the economy and get our state on the right track.”
Adam Joseph, director of communications for Senate Democrats, will oversee strategic planning, communications, policy, legislative matters and operations.Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe will serve as Bysiewicz’s chief legal counsel. Jimmy Tickey will oversee business community outreach and economic development initiatives. Juliemar Ortiz will serve as Bysiewicz’s press secretary. She has been a press aide for the Senate Democrats, and previously worked for the New Haven Register.
Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said the number of appointments to Bysiewicz’s staff “strike me as high.” He also said funding for some of the positions could instead go to other areas of the budget.
In particular, he questioned why Bysiewicz would “need a policy person or someone to reach out to the legislature,” adding the lieutenant governor has typically taken up the policy stances of the governor.
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