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OSDTC FUNraiser, Sunday, October 6, from 4-7 PM at Penny Lane Pub


Raffles, gift cards, and more!

Election FUNraiser at the Penny Lane Pub:   

Sunday, October 6th from 4:00PM – 7:00PM

Tickets available:  $35 donation per person, OSDTC Monthly Meeting on 9/23//19 Sept. 23rd, or by mail from Carol Conklin, 16 Gates Rd. OS. Please include a 2019 SEEC Donation Form (click on Forms button at the top of the page).

Advance reservations:  email Carol at 


Alfred (Chub) Wilcox

Alfred (Chub) Wilcox for Police Commission

My name is Alfred (Chub) Wilcox, and my wife Marcia and I moved to Old Saybrook from Pennsylvania a few years ago. I am retired from a 40 year career practicing law in the Litigation Department of a large Philadelphia law firm. My wife and I chose Old Saybrook, despite Connecticut’s taxes, because we loved not just the beauty of our view over Ragged Rock  marsh but also the full time sense of community we felt here.

I have never run for public office and have no political aspirations whatsoever. I have come to love this town and in my own way wanted to give back and contribute to it, and so I met with  the First Selectman and expressed interest in serving in any way I could. After establishing my political affiliation (Democratic) and my interests, he referred me to the Democratic Town Committee. After being interviewed by them, my resume was sent back to the First Selectman and I was appointed to replace my Democratic predecessor on the Police Commission.

I have looked into the responsibilities of the Commission, which are to “provide general management and supervision of the police department” including making “all needful regulations for the government thereof” as well as being responsible for the “appointment, promotion and removal of the officers and members of such police department…………… ”

I believe the Old Saybrook Police Commission would benefit by engaging independent experts to help it evaluate the current operations of the Department, including its organizational structure, staffing, and costs.  WE ALL want a police department that is safe for the officers  and the community they serve, responsive to the needs of the community, efficient and effective in meeting those needs, and respectful of all members of the community


Dennis Tulimieri

Dennis Tulimieri for Planning Commission

Hello, please allow me to introduce myself, I am Dennis M. Tulimieri, Jr.  I was raised in Glastonbury and graduated from Merrimack College. Kim & I married in 1989 and lived in Portland for over 20 years, raising 3 children, who are now independent young adults of whom we are very proud.  We moved to Old Saybrook in early 2017.  I have worked traveling the greater northeast for over 30 years providing industrial electrical products and services to industrial plants, hospitals, and a variety of municipalities and institutions.  I have witnessed firsthand the changes in our region and the ingenious capabilities of our communities to thrive when given the opportunity.

I believe an imploding economy has produced an imploding middle class leading to many of the challenges we see in our community. All this was produced by a kind of massive, chronic underinvestment in public goods. It does not have to be this way.

I believe the civil liberties of all citizens must be protected. I believe healthcare is a human right as is a secure retirement.  I believe climate change is an existential threat and I believe public education is part of a solution.  I believe we need to make changes to eliminate racism and gun violence in our country.  I can offer constituents my honest and sincere commitment to work to better our community.  It will be an honor to serve the citizens of Old Saybrook.

Susan Esty

Susan Esty for Parks and Recreation

As Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, I am proud of the accomplishments The Parks and Recreation Commission has made in upgrading our ball fields over the past few years. Installing proper irrigation and implementing soil management allows our ball fields to sustain heavy use over three seasons with little negative impact.

Now we must direct that same determination to our other resources. We need to update our picnic areas and playgrounds and hiking trails. We need to make sure that these areas are available for recreation for all ages and physical abilities. Sadly, some of our parks have not seen improvement since their inception. My goal as Commissioner is to change that. Each park should have proper facilities to make day use enjoyable. Roomy, Unisex Restrooms with a changing table for infants. Revised safe traffic patterns around our parks allowing for bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle use. Pickle Ball was presented to the Commission as an up and coming sport. We now have indoor and outdoor courts available for this growing sport.  I see the need for safe and convenient kayak, paddle board, and canoe access to our water ways. Perhaps a dog park is needed, whatever the future needs are I want to make sure Parks and Recreation is ready to meet them.  My goal is to make sure Parks and Recreation Dept. is ready for the future

Matt Pugliese

Matthew Pugliese for Selectman

Matt Pugliese has spent his career working in theatre arts and education, beginning at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  He served as Executive Director at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre in Middletown, CT and now as Managing Director/Executive Producer at Connecticut Repertory Theatre at UCONN. Matt is the chair of Old Saybrook’s Economic Development Commission, which he served on since 2015.  Over the last 18 months, Matt has worked on a task force made up of members of the Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission and town staff, working through a strategic planning process to update the Economic Development section of the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.  His volunteer service includes several years as a youth mentor with the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and for the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Walk Across Southeastern CT. Last year, Matt was the democratic candidate for the 23rd District in the State Legislature. In 2012, Matt was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list for his professional work and civic involvement. Matt lives in Old Saybrook with his wife Kristen and their two daughters.



BA, Theatre – UCONN

Masters of Public Administration, UCONN



C. Marston Ladd

C. Marston Ladd for Bd. of Finance

Born in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, I moved to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1949.

Graduated from Kingswood-Oxford Academy and attended Ithaca College having studied International Relations as my major.

Married my wife, Suzanne in May of 1973 and was blessed with two sons, Adam and Trevor both of who live and own their homes in Old Saybrook with their families. The family moved to Old Saybrook in 1981, renting for two years at Cornfield Point before buying on Cricket Court in August of 1983.

I worked in banking for many years, moving to The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in October of 1983, retiring from that agency in October 2003.

I believe that the responsibilities of the Board of Finance are to oversee the budget of the town, always keeping in mind the amount of diversity of residents in their financial ability to remain in the community we all love. The town has employed highly skilled managers for the town departments, and it is their responsibility to run their departments within the budget the residents grant to them.


Loraine Cortese-Costa

Loraine Cortese-Costa for Police  Commission

Loraine Cortese-Costa and her family moved to Old Saybrook in 1999 and her daughters attended St. John School and Old Saybrook High.  Loraine is the principal attorney with the Law Offices of Loraine Cortese-Costa with offices in Old Saybrook and Bridgeport.  She represents mainly municipal employers and has handled hundreds of labor and employment matters in the state and federal courts, Departments of Labor, Commission on Human Rights, Freedom of Information Commission, State Board of Labor Relations, collective bargaining and in arbitration.  Prior to starting her own firm in April 2015, she worked for a national labor and employment law firm in New York City and then was a Director with Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, P.C., a Bridgeport based labor and employment law firm, for over twenty-five years.  As part of that Firm, she represented cities, towns, police commissions and Boards of Education.  Named by her peers to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017-2020 for Labor and Employment Law-Management, she is admitted to the Connecticut and New York bars, and has served as an Attorney Trial Referee and Fact-Finder/Arbitrator for the Connecticut Superior Court since 1996.  Loraine’s involvement with and support for public services is reflected in her receiving the 2019 Friends of Public Transportation Award from the Connecticut Association for Community Transportation “for providing workshops on employment related issues and assisting transit agencies with understanding new and ever-changing employment laws.”  Loraine is eager to share her experience and knowledge for the benefit of Old Saybrook and believes a position on the police commission would provide a great opportunity for her to do so.

Old Saybrook Democratic Endorsed Candidates for Municipal Election, 11/2019




 Selectman:  Matthew J Pugliese – 2 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/16/21


Assessment Appeals Board:   Carl C Garbe – 2 year term: 11/19/19 – 11/16/21

Assessment Appeals Board:   Jeffrey R Gibson – 2 year term: 11/19/19 – 11/16/21


Board of Education:  George Chang – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Board of Finance: C. Marston Ladd – 4 year term:   11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Harbor Management:  Paul M Connolly – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23

Harbor Management:  Stephen R Sheehan – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Park and Recreation:  Susan E Esty – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Planning Commission:  Kenneth W Soudan – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23

Planning Commission:  Dennis Tulimieri Jr. — 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Police Commission:  Loraine M Cortese-Costa – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23

Police Commission:  Adam S Ladd – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23

Police Commission:  Daniel M Moran – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23

Police Commission:  Alfred H Wilcox – 2year term:  11/19/19 – 11/16/21


Zoning Board:  Ann Marie Thorsen – 4 year term:  11/19/19 – 11/21/23


Municipal Elections Caucus, July 22, 2019

LEGAL NOTICE for Municipal Elections Caucus:  July 22, 2019:

To enrolled members of the Democratic Party of the Town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.Pursuant to the Rules of the Democratic Party and State election laws, you are  hereby notified that a caucus will be held on July 22, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at the Vicky Duffy Pavilion at Saybrook Point, 155 College Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut to endorse candidates for Municipal Office and to transact other business as may be proper to come before said caucus.

Dated at Old Saybrook, Connecticut, on the 2nd of July, 2019.  Democratic Town Committee of Old Saybrook, Janis L. Esty, Chairman


Nancy Walsh, Secretary, OSDTC

Standing in Solidarity with Stop and Shop Employees

The Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee was proud to stand with Old Saybrook Stop and  Shop employees on the picket line on Wednesday!  Drinks and snacks were distributed to the workers.