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 23, 2011 through January 27, 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 23, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-123 Joe Burgos Vega v. Director of Religious Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-469 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
FIC 2011-578 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-487 Wade Martell v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
    
 January 24, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-409 Herbert Mitchell v. Human Services Administrator, State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs; and State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-368 Omar Antar v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
    
 January 25, 2012 No Hearings Scheduled
    
 January 26, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-283 Thomas Rogers v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-471 George Schober v. Janet Tyler, Superintendent, Lebanon Public Schools; and Board of Education, Lebanon Public Schools
    
 January 27, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-449 Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Personnel Director, City of New Britain; and City of New Britain
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-380 Salvatore Gabriele v. Michael Larobina, Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 23, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-123 Joe Burgos Vega v. Director of Religious Services, 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 23, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-123;
Joe Burgos Vega v. Director of Religious Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Joe Burgos Vega appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.    Attorney Nancy Kase O’Brasky appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:30 a.m. with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:30 a.m.  
Dated:  January 23, 2012
 January 23, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-469 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
FIC 2011-578 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on January 23, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-469;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
Docket #FIC 2011-578;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of New London; and Police Department, City of New London
Robert Cushman appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Brian Estep appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:30 a.m. with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:40 a.m.  
Dated:  January 23, 2012
 January 23, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-487 Wade Martell v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 23, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-487;
Wade Martell v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
Wade Martell appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Timothy P. Lynch appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:02 p.m. with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:39 p.m.  
Dated:  January 23, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 24, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-409 Herbert Mitchell v. Human Services Administrator, State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs; and State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 24, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-409;
Herbert Mitchell v. Human Services Administrator, State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs; and State of Connecticut, Department of Veterans' Affairs
Herbert Mitchell appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Tanya Feliciano DeMattia appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:33 a.m. with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:41 a.m.  
Dated:  January 26, 2012
 January 24, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-368 Omar Antar v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-368;
Omar Antar v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 26, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-283 Thomas Rogers v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 26, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut. 
Docket #FIC 2011-283;
Thomas Rogers v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
Thomas Rogers appeared on his own behalf.    Attorney Kathleen Foster appeared for the respondents.                     No votes were taken.   The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:49 a.m. with Hearing Officer Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:41 a.m.  
Dated:  January 26, 2012
 January 26, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-471 George Schober v. Janet Tyler, Superintendent, Lebanon Public Schools; and Board of Education, Lebanon Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 26, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-471;
George Schober v. Janet Tyler, Superintendent, Lebanon Public Schools; and Board of Education, Lebanon Public Schools
George Schober appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Gary R. Brochu appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:00 PM, with Hearing Officer Attorney Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:28 PM.
Dated:  January 26, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 27, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-449 Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Personnel Director, City of New Britain; and City of New Britain
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 27, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-449;
Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Personnel Director, City of New Britain; and City of New Britain
Don Stacom appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Joseph E. Skelly, Jr. appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:30 a.m., with Hearing Officer Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
Dated:  January 31, 2012
 January 27, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-380 Salvatore Gabriele v. Michael Larobina, Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-380;
Salvatore Gabriele v. Michael Larobina, Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford