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 resumed 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 30, 2012 through February 3, 2012 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 30, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-216 Jose Arcia v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Newington; Police Department, Town of Newington; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-491 Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Representatives, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
    
 January 31, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-111 Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-454 Darlene Chapdelaine v. First Selectman, Town of Eastford; and Town of Eastford
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-504 Emily Gianquinto v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
    
 February 1, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-490 Michael Zarick v. Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of North Branford
 11:30 AM FIC 2011-479 Edward Kunin v. Tax Collector, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
  2:00 PM FIC 2011-502 Frando Webb v. Chief Court Administrator, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch; and State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch
    
 February 2, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-331 Sidney Wylie v. Frank Limon, Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor, City of New Haven; City of New Haven;  Sally Brown, Deputy Clerk, City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven; and City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-503 Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
FIC 2011-535 Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
FIC 2011-542 Suzanne Carlson and the Journal Inquirer v. Mayor, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
    
 February 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-111 Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-415 Richard Urban v. Zoning Department, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 30, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-216 Jose Arcia v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Newington; Police Department, Town of Newington; 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 30, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-216;
Jose Arcia v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Newington; Police Department, Town of Newington; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Jose Arcia appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Peter J. Boorman appeared on behalf of the respondent, Chief, Police Department, Town of Newington; and Police Department, Town of Newington.  Attorney James E. Neil appeared on behalf of the respondent, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:40 AM, with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:04 AM.
Dated January 30, 2012
 January 30, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-491 Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Representatives, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 30, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-491;
Salvatore Gabriele v. Board of Representatives, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Attorney Joseph Sargent appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Michael Toma appeared on behalf of 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 12:30 p.m.
Dated:  January 31, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 January 31, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-111 Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-111;
Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
 January 31, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-454 Darlene Chapdelaine v. First Selectman, Town of Eastford; and Town of Eastford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on January 31, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-454;
Darlene Chapdelaine v. First Selectman, Town of Eastford; and Town of Eastford
The complainant failed to appear.   Attorney Brendan Schain appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:10 a.m., with Hearing Officer Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:14 a.m.
Dated:  January 31, 2012
 January 31, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-504 Emily Gianquinto v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for January 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-504;
Emily Gianquinto v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 1, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-490 Michael Zarick v. Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of North Branford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 1, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-490;
Michael Zarick v. Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of North Branford
Michael Zarick appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney John Gesmonde appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:04 a.m., with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:19 a.m.
Dated:  February 1, 2012
 February 1, 2012  11:30 AM FIC 2011-479 Edward Kunin v. Tax Collector, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-479;
Edward Kunin v. Tax Collector, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
 February 1, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-502 Frando Webb v. Chief Court Administrator, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch; and State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 1, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-502;
Frando Webb v. Chief Court Administrator, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch; and State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch
The Complainant appeared failed to appear.   Attorney Martin R. Libbin appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:12 p.m., with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:19 p.m.
Dated:  February 1, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 2, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-331 Sidney Wylie v. Frank Limon, Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor, City of New Haven; City of New Haven; Sally Brown, Deputy Clerk, City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven; and City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 2, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-331;
Sidney Wylie v. Frank Limon, Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor, City of New Haven; City of New Haven;  Sally Brown, Deputy Clerk, City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven; and City/Town Clerk, City of New Haven
The complainant failed to appear.   No one appeared appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:47 a.m., with Hearing Officer Mary E. Schwind presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 9:48 a.m.
Dated:  February 2, 2012
 February 2, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-503 Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
FIC 2011-535 Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
FIC 2011-542 Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on February 2, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-503;
Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
Docket #FIC 2011-535;
Suzanne Carlson and the Manchester Journal Inquirer v. Town Administrator, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
Docket #FIC 2011-542;
Suzanne Carlson and the Journal Inquirer v. Mayor, Town of Vernon; and Town of Vernon
Suzanne Carlson appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Attorney Martin B. Burke 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 Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 4:05 PM
Dated:  February 3, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-111 Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-111;
Robert L. Rafford v. John V. Bazzano, Town and City Clerk, City of Hartford; Eloise McCormack, Administrative Assistant of Vital Records, City of Hartford; and Town Hall, City of Hartford
 February 3, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-415 Richard Urban v. Zoning Department, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-415;
Richard Urban v. Zoning Department, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport