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 March 5, 2012 through March 9, 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
 March 5, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-628 John Mosby v. Director, Finance and Planning Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now; and Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-658 Joseph Froelich v. Gerard E. Cotnoir, Christopher Coderre, Gerard J. Cotnoir, James Shaw, and Raymond Lajoie, as Members, Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam; and Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam
    
 March 6, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-632 Hector Gonzalez v. Assistant Director, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-647 John Mosby v. Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-648 Adam Wittenburg and the Meriden Record Journal v. Personnel Director, City of Meriden; Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and City of Meriden
    
 March 7, 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 2011-479 Edward Kunin v. Tax Collector, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
  2:00 PM FIC 2011-160 Thomas May v. State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender
    
 March 8, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-627 Michael Green v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Hampton; and Police Department, Town of East Hampton
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-662 Alison Nichols v. First Selectman, Town of Essex; and Town of Essex
    
 March 9, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-650 Richard Boccaccio v. First Selectman, Town of Westbrook; and Town of Westbrook
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-276 Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
March 5, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-628 John Mosby v. Director, Finance and Planning Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now; and Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-628;
John Mosby v. Director, Finance and Planning Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now; and Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now
 March 5, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-658 Joseph Froelich v. Gerard E. Cotnoir, Christopher Coderre, Gerard J. Cotnoir, James Shaw, and Raymond Lajoie, as Members, Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam; and Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-658;
Joseph Froelich v. Gerard E. Cotnoir, Christopher Coderre, Gerard J. Cotnoir, James Shaw, and Raymond Lajoie, as Members, Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam; and Putnam Special Services District, Town of Putnam
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 6, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-632 Hector Gonzalez v. Assistant Director, Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and Office of Audit, Compliance and Ethics, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-632;
Hector Gonzalez v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services
 March 6, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-647 John Mosby v. Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-647;
John Mosby v. Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
 March 6, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-648 Adam Wittenburg and the Meriden Record Journal v. Personnel Director, City of Meriden; Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and City of Meriden
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 6, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-648;
Adam Wittenburg and the Meriden Record Journal v. Personnel Director, City of Meriden; Chief, Police Department, City of Meriden; and City of Meriden
Eric Cotton appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney John Gorman appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:19 p.m., with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Dated:  March 7, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 7, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-370 Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer v. Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; and City of Danbury
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 7, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-370;
Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer v. Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; and City of Danbury
Attorney Elisabeth Seieroe Maurer appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Johanna Zelman appeared on behalf of the respondents.  Attorney Eric Chester appeared on behalf of the intervener.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:07 a.m., with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
Dated:  March 7, 2012
 March 7, 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 March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-479;
Edward Kunin v. Tax Collector, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
 March 7, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-160 Thomas May v. State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM was cancelled.
Docket #FIC 2011-160;
Thomas May v. State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Public Defender
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 8, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-627 Michael Green v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Hampton; and Police Department, Town of East Hampton
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 8, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-627;
Michael Green v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Hampton; and Police Department, Town of East Hampton
The complainant failed to appear.   Attorney Jean D. Aquila appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:02 a.m., with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:04 a.m.
Dated:  March 8, 2012
 March 8, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-662 Alison Nichols v. First Selectman, Town of Essex; and Town of Essex
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 8, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-662;
Alison Nichols v. First Selectman, Town of Essex; and Town of Essex
Alison Nichols appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Sylvia Rutkowska appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:00 p.m., with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:31 p.m.
Dated:  March 8, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 9, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-650 Richard Boccaccio v. First Selectman, Town of Westbrook; and Town of Westbrook
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-650;
Richard Boccaccio v. First Selectman, Town of Westbrook; and Town of Westbrook
 March 9, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-276 Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 9,2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-276;
Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
Attorney Richard J. Paduleula appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Michael S. Casey appeared on behalf of the respondents.   No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:02 a.m., with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:38 a.m.
Dated:  March 12, 2012