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.

Sound News Winter -Spring 2019

Please enjoy the latest edition of the Sound News!!!!!

Sound News Winter Spring 2019-2 (1)





Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Secretary of the State and the Attorney General Warn Connecticut Businesses about “Official” Reporting Scam

HARTFORD – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen are warning businesses across Connecticut about a mailing being sent by “Workplace Compliance Services” purporting to be an official “Annual Report Instruction Form,” alleging that payment is required by Connecticut law. A copy of the form is attached.

“Businesses registered with the state of Connecticut are only required by law to file Annual Reports with our office,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief business registrar. “There is no legal requirement for any business to file the form they received from Workplace Compliance Services, or to pay the inflated fee indicated.”

“This scam targets small businesses and, unfortunately, resurfaces every few years in an attempt to cheat hardworking business owners,” said Attorney General George Jepsen. “Scams like this one try to appear legitimate, but business owners shouldn’t fall for it. Tell your employees to be on the lookout, and whenever in doubt about a suspicious mailing, call the Secretary of State or my office to verify legitimacy before sending any payment.”

This deceptive solicitation has an “official” appearance and references a Connecticut state law. This scam directs the recipient business to send an inflated fee for filing an Annual Report that can be filed directly with the state at

Secretary Merrill said, “If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a business filing notice you receive, please contact my office at 860-509-6003 or email us at We are ready and eager to help any Connecticut business owner.”

If your business has received the bogus “Annual Report Instruction Form” form, please make a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at, including a copy of the mailing, as an investigation into the mailing in coordination with the U.S. Postal Inspector is underway.


Gabe Rosenberg
Communications Director
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill
W: 860-509-6255
C: 203-981-5825

Jaclyn Severance
Director of Communications
Office of the Attorney General
W: 860-808-5324
C: 860-655-3903

Mary Kennedy – Harbor News Article

Mary Kennedy Remains a Tireless Public Servant, Volunteer

Aviva Luria

Published Dec. 05, 2018 • Last Updated 09:55 a.m., Dec. 05, 2018

It’s no wonder Mary Kennedy has been dubbed the “Energizer Bunny” of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee. At 90 years old, she is long since retired from her career as a nurse, but remains a tireless public servant and volunteer for local candidates.

Having moved to Old Saybrook 13 or 14 years ago, she says, to be closer to her sister after retiring, she’s served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves on the Historic District Commission as well as the Public Health Nursing Board.

Mary is retired from a distinguished career in nursing. She became a registered nurse (RN) in 1948 and after working for more than 25 years—first as an operating room nurse at St. Francis Hospital, then running her own nursing home in Hamden—decided she needed to do more, and earned her M.A. in psychiatric nursing from Yale in 1977. For nearly three decades she split her time between mental health units at Bay State Hospital in Springfield and at a clinic in Holyoke; for about 20 of those years, she also worked every other weekend at a crisis unit.

Her involvement in politics goes back even further and includes meeting then-U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and attending a birthday party for Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mary believes it was her aunt, who worked for a Connecticut state commissioner, who ignited her interest in politics. Her first political memory was stopping by local Democratic headquarters in Torrington, where she was raised, and picking up literature. She brought it home and urged her parents to vote.

“I think Roosevelt must have been running at the time,” she says.

Born in 1928, the second of four children, she grew up during the Great Depression.

“My mother was pretty amazing, though. We always had food, no matter what. And it never seemed that we lacked much of anything,” she says. “She always managed.”

As she got older, she retained her interest in politics, although her participation in campaigns was “superficial” until she reached adulthood, she says.

“I just have always loved politics,” she explains. “It’s very interesting. I get involved in the issues and what the candidates are involved in and what they’re saying and what they believe and what they don’t believe and how they’re going to support things that I’m interested in.

“After I got my RN, that’s when I really got involved,” she continues. “That’s when I joined the Young Democrats and then I would be really involved in the campaigns.”

Her nursing career took her to southern Massachusetts, but her political interests focused primarily on her home state.

“I was very active in Hartford. I was the national [Young Democratic] committeewoman. And then I got elected as the national treasurer for the Young Democrats. And I had a wonderful time,” she says. “I went to a few affairs when [John F. Kennedy] was a senator and I got to meet him then.”

She traveled to Los Angeles for the 1960 Democratic National Convention, where Kennedy was nominated for president. During his presidential campaign, “I was a Young Democratic Kennedy Girl—there were four or five of us. We drove all over the state. They had a record that we played constantly and sang to and solicited all the people in all the shopping areas” for their support and votes.

They also handed out pins and literature.

“I wore out a pair of shoes, we walked so much,” she says with a laugh. “We didn’t go door to door. We mainly did big shopping areas. And fairs—things like that.”

There wasn’t much door-to-door canvassing in those days, Mary explains. Instead, volunteers made a lot of phone calls.

“Then, more people answered the phone,” she notes.

When the Young Democrats got word of when JFK was coming to Connecticut, they were ready.

“It was in the middle of the night. All of us that were campaigning for him were in Waterbury by the side of the road so we could cheer for him” as the car he was riding in drove by, she recalls.

As a practicing Catholic, the possibility of JFK becoming the first Catholic president meant a lot to her—and the prejudice he faced was dismaying.

“It shouldn’t have been an issue,” she says. “The church wouldn’t be running the presidency, like they were claiming.”

She shakes her head.

“He was much too short term. I think his brother [Robert F. Kennedy] would have been a wonderful president. How ironic that they were murdered. It’s sad,’ she says. “And that family has had so much tragedy.”

Mary thinks her family might be related to the famous political Kennedys.

“Way, way back I think we are,” she says. “But I always tell people I’m related by desire.”

In 1964, just nine months after JFK’s assassination, Mary played a crucial role at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, where Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for president.

“The state chairman appointed me to be at the front desk. I knew everybody that came in,” she says. “They were all Southerners—nobody knew the New England people. So they used to say, ‘Is this who they say they are?’ ‘Yeah,’ [she’d answer]. ‘That’s the governor.’ So they had me up there so I could identify who was coming on stage.

“The last night of the convention was Johnson’s birthday [Aug. 27], so I got to go to his birthday party. They had it upstairs [at the convention center]. In fact, I have a picture in Time magazine where I’m behind his cake when he’s cutting his cake,” she says. “There are a few of us standing behind his cake. That was fun.”

Another indelible memory was watching the convention one night from the Huntley-Brinkley booth during their broadcast. The Huntley-Brinkley Report was a news program that aired from 1956 to 1970, featuring the anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.

And then there was coffee with the nominee.

“A whole bunch of us Young Democrats had rented a house [in Atlantic City] and…Johnson’s house was two houses away,” she says. “So he stopped in one morning and had coffee. It was a very exciting time.”

As Mary’s political involvement continued over the years, much of it focused on Connecticut gubernatorial races. She has particularly fond memories of Irish-born John N. Dempsey, who served as governor from 1961 to 1971.

While her career in nursing and her calling in politics has shown her the range of adversity people can face, one constant applies: She remains optimistic about the ability of citizens to effect change.