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Port Authority chair quits; daughter was paid for office art

July 24, 2019

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — The new chair of the Connecticut Port Authority’s board has stepped down after the agency paid her daughter $3,000 for office art.

Old Lyme First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder announced her resignation Wednesday at a board meeting.

There are also issues about hiring practices and staffing decisions at the quasi-public agency, which markets the state’s ports.

Reemsnyder was formerly vice chair and was elected chair by the board June 19.

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont had called for her resignation. He said in a written statement that “recent events have been sideshow” and a distraction to the port authority’s mission.

Reemsynder acknowledged to The Day she made a mistake in letting her daughter get paid for the photos.

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