CT Atty General Jepsen speaking to Darien LWV


CT Attorney General George Jepsen spoke at the LWV Darien 11-16-2016 meeting on the impact of the recent lower court trial ruling "CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) vs Rell". To review a recording of the program, please click here.

LWVCT Fall Conference, October 2016

"Follow the Money: Money in Politics in CT." The 2016 Fall Conference, second session in Hartford. How much of an influence does "dark money" have on the politics of CT? Where does this money come from? How does the Citizen's Election Program in CT push back? Is "dark money" a problem? How does the "Citizens United" decision play into the equation? How can voters track the flow of money? Please watch the video below and join our knowledgeable panel to explore this important topic.

Minutes March 2, 2016


Minutes of Meeting Wed. March 2, 2016

Atria, 50 Ledge Road

Attending: Clara Sartori, Martha Banks, Nancy Cahoon, Karla Coe, Joan Davis, Mary Flynn, Mary Genco, Kate Larson, Christa McNamara, Molly Myers, Sue Okie, Enid Oresman, and Laurie Williamson.

Call to Order: Clara Sartori called the meeting to order at 9:40. Clara asked if discussion of Jayme Stevenson’s testimony regarding 8-30g could be added as a new item to the agenda. Approval to add the topic was unanimous.

The February meeting minutes were changed to indicate that 4 new individual members (not 4 households) had joined the League. The minutes were approved as amended.

Treasurers Report:

Kate Larson said that there were no new transactions to report other than $2 in earned interest.


Membership remains unchanged. There are 113 members—51 individuals and 31 households.

February Events:

The League and the Darien Library co-sponsored a screening of the “Suffragette” movie. Approximately 60 people viewed the movie.

Thanks to Clara Sartori for organizing this event. Clara mentioned that she brought copies of “Spotlight” to the movie as a membership recruiting tool, but had few takers. She questioned whether Spotlight should be printed in color as it is very expensive, whether it should be printed in black and white or whether it should be available online only. The consensus of those at the meeting was that we should continue to print some black and white copies.

The League and the Darien Library also co-sponsored a program on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Jeremy Ginsberg, Director of Planning and Zoning; Steve Olvany , Planning and Zoning Commission member and Glenn Chalder , Principal ,at  Planimetrics outlined the plan and responded to questions. Approximately 32 people attended. Thanks to Clara Sartori and Nancy Cahoon for coordinating this program and thanks to Jim Cameron of TV79 for recording it.

Legislative Coffee:

Thanks to Joan Davis for her newspaper article summarizing the January event. Thanks also to Mary Genco for her letter to the editor outlining some of the issues raised in our discussions with the legislators.

Government Guide:

Martha Banks indicated that with the exception of the RTM, all other sections of the Government Guide have be updated and posted to the Darien League website. Email information from the RTM is supposed to be imminent. There was consensus that if a RTM member did not provide an email, the Guide will state “no email provided ” next to their name. Martha suggested that if term limit information is dropped from the hard copy of the Government Guide, it might be possible to publish email addresses. Those attending had no problem eliminating term limit information. Term limit information will continue, however, to be carried on the League website.


Sue Okie had nothing new to report. The committee is still working to finalize positions and will report when everything is settled.

Town Officials Breakfast:

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th, 9:30AM at The Depot. The League invited the Council of Darien School Parents (CDSP) to co-sponsor this event with the hope that this will result in greater attendance. All invited town officials are able to attend. Clara asked members to please RSVP as soon as possible. Payment at the door is acceptable.

Food for Thought:

The next meeting is scheduled for March 17 at 12:30PM at the home of Ann Ferris.

February’s meeting begin with a consideration of how other countries view the United States relative to our election process, but soon veered toward a freewheeling discussion of a variety of topics.

Observer Corps Light:

John Visi and Kathy Hammell, Darien’s Registrars of Voters, came to report on the Darien High School voter registration drive. Two hundred students registered—57 as Democrats, 44 as Republicans, 96 as unaffiliated and 3 as other. A student has to be 18 years old by November 8, 2016 to register.

The Registers thanked those league members who helped with the registration.

Connecticut’s primary is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th from 6AM until 8PM.

Absentee ballot applications are available from the Town Clerk up until April 25.  April 21 is the mail-in deadline for new voters and for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party for voting in the primary.  The in-person enrollment deadline is noon on April 25 for new voters and unaffiliated voters enrolling in a party.  There is a 3 month waiting period to change from one major party to the other major party.

The Registrars clarified that the Voters Guide may be carried into the voting booth as long as there is no verbal discussion of candidates among persons in the polling place. The Voters Guide was not permitted at a particular voting district during our last election as the Guide had prompted a discussion of candidates among some voters while they were in the poll.

Jayme Stevenson’s Testimony with respect to Points Awarded for Senior Affordable Housing under 8-30g:

Mary Genco distributed a copy of First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson’s recent testimony to the Connecticut State Assembly (CGA) regarding points awarded for elderly affordable housing under 8-30g. The First Selectwoman testified that it is discriminatory to award only .5 points for senior affordable housing when affordable housing for other age groups results in one point. A CGA proposed bill (HB 5363), which seeks to make some changes to 8-30g , was the impetus for this testimony.  It was decided that league members, with Mary Genco taking the lead, will research the proposed bill and report findings at the next league meeting. The Darien league may wish to do a study of this bill and 8-30g, and possibly adopt a position. Kate Larson noted that a number of years have passed since the Darien league last ran a program on 8-30g, and it may be appropriate to run another program in the near future.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:40AM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Banks

Acting Secretary