First Selectman Jayme Stevenson announced today that the Town of Darien is prepared to assist Darien residents who are affected by the Federal Government shutdown.

“We understand how difficult the federal government shutdown is on the families of workers who, in some cases, must report to work but are not receiving paychecks. Please contact the Darien Human Services Department at 203-656-7328 for assistance," Stevenson said. 

In addition, Gov. Ned Lamont announced yesterday that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance. In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits.

Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.