Commission Appointees

Old Lyme River's Edge, Kathleen DeMeo

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The membership of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission is comprised of two representatives from each of the eight member towns appointed by their municipal governments for two-year terms, plus two representatives and two alternates selected by the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG). A representative of the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) also serves on the Commission.

The Gateway Commission conducts much of its work through subcommittees which include Communications & Outreach, Finance, Grants Review, Land, and Rules & Procedures.

Officers

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Suzanne Thompson

Chair

Old Lyme

Bill's portrait

William Webb

Vice Chair

Old Saybrook

Mike Farina

Michael Farina

Secretary

Haddam

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Diane Stober

Treasurer

Old Saybrook

Connecticut River Gateway Commission Appointees

Chester

Misha Semënov-Leiva

Tom Brelsford (alternate)

Deep River

Jerry Roberts

Vacancy (alternate)

Essex

Vacancy

Vacancy

East Haddam

Crary Brownell

Deborah Langdon (alternate)

Haddam

Mike Farina

Erin Ortega (alternate)

Lyme

Susan Fox

Vacancy (alternate)

Old Lyme

Suzanne Thompson

Greg Futoma (alternate)

Old Saybrook

Bill Webb

Diane Stober (alternate)

RiverCOG

South

Judy Preston
Vacancy (alternate)

North

Raul Debrigard

Alan Ponanski (alternate)

DEEP

Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection

Kathleen Perzanowski
Environmental Analyst, Commissioner’s Representative

Commissioner Emeritus

J. Melvin Woody

The Commission is represented in legal matters by Attorneys Mark Branse and Matt Willis of Halloran & Sage.

Tree lined riverbank
DID YOU KNOW?

Maples, Oaks, Beech, Birch & Pine

Tree-lined riverbanks contribute greatly to the Connecticut River’s cherished “natural and traditional scene.” A coastline like that enjoyed by the sailor shown at left need not be found only in preserves. Riverfront landowners can enjoy great views and keep the lower river valley beautiful with simple tree pruning practices. “Limbing up” a tree’s lower branches, while leaving upper canopies untouched benefits everyone.