As Connecticut works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Freedom of Information Commission has begun returning to the Commission’s office on a limited basis.  However, the building continues to be closed to the general public.  During this time of reopening, a limited number of staff will work at the Commission’s office while others will continue to telework.   The Commission resumed its schedule of Regular Meetings on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  Commission meetings will be conducted via telephone and teleconference until such time as restrictions allow a public meeting to be held at the Commission's offices.  Instructions for real-time public access to the Commission’s meetings will be published and included with each meeting agenda.   Additionally, a recording of each meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website.  Contested case hearings are scheduled to resume via telephone the week of August 17, 2020. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

Notice of Special Meeting
The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of January 16, 2011 through January 20, 2011 at the specific dates and times listed below.  Each meeting will be held in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, First Floor, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut, for the purpose of conducting a hearing concerning the contested case designated by the corresponding docket number listed below.  For further information concerning these hearings, please contact the Commission’s administrative office at 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106:  telephone (860) 566-5682
Date  Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 16, 2012 HOLIDAY
    
 January 17, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-290 David McNichol v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; and Police Department, City of Waterbury
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-250 Michael Helfenbein v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge
    
 January 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-370 Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer v. Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; and City of Danbury
 11:30 AM FIC 2011-437 Sally Roberts v. Jeffry W. Cossette, Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and Police Department, City of Meriden
  2:00 PM FIC 2011-210 Barbara Woodrow v. Shawn M. Boyne, Chief, Police Department, Town of New Milford; and Police Department, Town of New Milford
    
 January 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-378 Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Office of Animal Control, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
FIC 2011-499 Peter Quercia v. Town Manager, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
11:00 AM FIC 2011-186 Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Superintendent, Windham Public Schools; and Board of Education, Windham Public Schools
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-293 Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Ethics, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
    
 January 20, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-287 Scott Shefelbine v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-239 Robert Kalechman v. First Selectman, Town of Simsbury; and Town of Simsbury
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 17, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-290 David McNichol v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; and Police Department, City of Waterbury
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 17, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-290;
David McNichol v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; and Police Department, City of Waterbury
David McNichol appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Gary Roosa appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:00 a.m. with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:30 a.m.  
Dated:  January 18, 2012
 January 17, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-250 Michael Helfenbein v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-250;
Michael Helfenbein v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-370 Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer v. Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; and City of Danbury
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-370;
Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer v. Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; and City of Danbury
 January 18, 2012  11:30 AM FIC 2011-437 Sally Roberts v. Jeffry W. Cossette, Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and Police Department, City of Meriden
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-437;
Sally Roberts v. Jeffry W. Cossette, Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and Police Department, City of Meriden
Sally Roberts appeared on her own behalf.    Attorney John Gorman appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:31 a.m. with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 1:08 p.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
 January 18, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-210 Barbara Woodrow v. Shawn M. Boyne, Chief, Police Department, Town of New Milford; and Police Department, Town of New Milford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-210;
Barbara Woodrow v. Shawn M. Boyne, Chief, Police Department, Town of New Milford; and Police Department, Town of New Milford
Barbara Woodrow appeared on her own behalf.    Attorney Kent Mancini appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:23 p.m. with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:23 p.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-378 Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Office of Animal Control, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
FIC 2011-499 Peter Quercia v. Town Manager, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on January 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-378;
Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Office of Animal Control, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
Docket #FIC 2011-499;
Peter Quercia v. Town Manager, Town of Windham; and Town of Windham
Peter Quercia appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Richard Cody appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:30 a.m. with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:00 a.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
 January 19, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-186 Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Superintendent, Windham Public Schools; and Board of Education, Windham Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-186;
Peter W. Quercia, Jr. v. Superintendent, Windham Public Schools; and Board of Education, Windham Public Schools
Peter Quercia appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Ann Littlefield appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:00 a.m. with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:50 a.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
 January 19, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-293 Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Ethics, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-293;
Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Ethics, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Attorney Joseph Sargent appeared for the complainant.    Attorney Arthur Laske, III appeared for the respondent, Board of Ethics.    Attorney Burt Rosenberg appeared for the respondent, City of Stamford.                 No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:08 p.m. with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:25 p.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 20, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-287 Scott Shefelbine v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 20, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-287;
Scott Shefelbine v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Scott Shefelbine appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.    Attorney James Neil appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:30 a.m. with Hearing Officer Tracie Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:05 a.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012
 January 20, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-239 Robert Kalechman v. First Selectman, Town of Simsbury; and Town of Simsbury
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 20, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-239;
Robert Kalechman v. First Selectman, Town of Simsbury; and Town of Simsbury
Robert Kalechman appeared on his own behalf.     Attorney Robert DeCrescenzo appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:16 a.m. with Hearing Officer Mary E. Schwind presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:45 p.m.  
Dated:  January 20, 2012