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Simmons and Somers: Confused or lying?

David CollinsMay 23, 2019

The first time I heard Sen. Heather Somers own up to her monthslong effort to secure 10 million in state funds over a period of three years,” the email said, going on to describe it as part of a “public-private partnership.”

This contradicted what I had been told by Stonington Director of Planning Jason Vincent, who said it was the developer, not the town, asking for 10 million.

This latest story, eventually told to The Day directly by Somers, is very odd, putting herself and Simmons in a twisted pretzel of assertions.

It turns out, Somers now says, Simmons was confused because there have been two completely different 10 million for general Stonington infrastructure, not earmarked for Smiler’s Wharf, Somers said. The bill was of course filed publicly but it makes no mention of Smiler’s Wharf, just infrastructure for the town.

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