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Lt. Gov-elect Susan Bysiewicz named the longtime spokesman for the state Senate Democratic Caucus, Adam Joseph of New Haven, to become her chief of staff.

Joseph was one of five appointments Bysiewicz unveiled Monday, including Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe, deputy corporation counsel for the city of New Haven, as her chief legal advisor.

“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, who will be sworn into office on Jan. 9. “I am proud to announce a team that brings both diverse perspectives as well as strong experience in local, state and federal government.”

Joseph, who has overseen media relations for the Senate Democratic Caucus since 2011, worked as the spokesman and legislative director for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano prior to that. Joseph holds a degree in history from James Madison University. He and his wife Adriana live in New Haven.

Phoenix-Sharpe has been deputy corporation counsel in New Haven under Mayor Toni Harp since 2014. She previously served as an associate with the Hartford firm of Murtha Cullia, LLP, advising clients in commercial transactions and regulatory matters. Phoenix-Sharpe holds a law degree from Pace University and was the 2015 Pace Law School Black Law Student Association Alumnus Honoree. She and her husband, Shadeed, live in Hamden.

Also on Monday, Bysiewicz named:

Samuel Carmody of Wallingford, director of party affairs for the Connecticut Democratic Party, to oversee legislative and government relations.

Jimmy Tickey of Shelton, former campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, to oversee business and community outreach and economic development initiatives.

Juliemar Ortiz of New Haven, a press aide for the Senate Democratic Caucus, as press secretary to the lieutenant governor.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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