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January 2, 2019

Lt. Gov.-elect Bysiewicz names 5 staffers

HBJ File Photo Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford.

Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut’s incoming lieutenant governor, on Monday tapped five key staff to her office.

Bysiewicz, slated for inauguration alongside Gov.-elect Ned Lamont on Jan. 9, named Adam Joseph, currently communications director for the Senate Democratic Caucus, as her chief of staff overseeing strategic planning, communications, and policy legislative matters.

Joseph will be joined by Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe, currently deputy corporation counsel for the city of New Haven, who will be general counsel and Samuel Carmody, Bysiewicz’s 2018 campaign manager, as senior advisor for legislative affairs.

“Our administration is committed to growing our economy by supporting small businesses, investing in infrastructure, ensuring equal pay for equal work, developing our workforce, and honoring our veterans,” said Bysiewicz.

Joseph has served as director of communications and spokesman for the Senate Democrats and for Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney of New Haven since 2011. He also previously oversaw media relations and served as legislative director for former New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

He served as deputy director of communications for Bysiewicz when she served as Connecticut’s secretary of the state, a position she held from 1999 to 2011.

Meantime, Phoenix-Sharpe has served as deputy corporation counsel for the city of New Haven since 2014, developing legal strategies for Mayor Toni Harp and her staff.

Carmody rejoins Bysiewicz after serving as her campaign manager during a successful 2018 primary and general election campaigns. He previously served as director of party affairs for Connecticut Democrats and worked in the offices of former Attorney General George P. Jepsen and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

The staff appointments were rounded out by the selections of Jimmy Tickey as senior advisor for economic and community development and Juliemar Ortiz as press secretary.

Tickey will oversee business community outreach and economic development efforts after serving the last eight years as campaign manager for DeLauro and on the campaign staff for Bysiewicz and Congressman Jim Himes.

Ortiz has been a press aide for the Senate Democratic Caucus since 2017 and previously served as staff reporter for the New Haven Register covering public safety, politics, education and breaking news in Greater New Haven and the New Haven City Hall.

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