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 March 12, 2012 through March 16, 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 12, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-300 William McCleese v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-534 Michael Richetelli v. Jeanne Consiglio-Hoin, Chairperson, Board of Education, Orange Public Schools; Board of Education, Orange Public Schools
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-666 Gene Ruocco v. Mayor, Town of East Haven; and Town Council, Town of East Haven
    
 March 13, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-613 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Sgt. James Canon, Labor Relations Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
11:00 AM FIC 2011-592 Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
FIC 2011-653 Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
    
 March 14, 2012 No hearings scheduled
    
 March 15, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-386 James Latone v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-402 Norman Gaines v. Joseph Gaudett, Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
    
 March 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-389 Jason Day v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-513 M. Jeffry Spahr v. Board of Education, Norwalk Public Schools
FIC 2011-571 M. Jeffry Spahr v. Director, Pupil Personnel Services, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 12, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-300 William McCleese v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-300;
William McCleese v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
 March 12, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-534 Michael Richetelli v. Jeanne Consiglio-Hoin, Chairperson, Board of Education, Orange Public Schools; Board of Education, Orange Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 12, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-534;
Michael Richetelli v. Jeanne Consiglio-Hoin, Chairperson, Board of Education, Orange Public Schools; Board of Education, Orange Public Schools
Michael Richitelli appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Gary Brochu appeared on behalf of 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 11:45 a.m.
Dated:  March 13, 2012
 March 12, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-666 Gene Ruocco v. Mayor, Town of East Haven; and Town Council, Town of East Haven
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 12, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-666;
Gene Ruocco v. Mayor, Town of East Haven; and Town Council, Town of East Haven
Attorney Patricia Cofrancesco appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Joseph H. Zullo appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:15 p.m., with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
Dated:  March 13, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
March 13, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-613 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Sgt. James Canon, Labor Relations Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 13, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-613;
Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Sgt. James Canon, Labor Relations Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Mark Dumas appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Stephen Sarnoski 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 Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
Dated:  March 14, 2012
 March 13, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-592 Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
FIC 2011-653 Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on March 13, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-592;
Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
Docket #FIC 2011-653;
Lamberto Lucarelli v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook; and Police Department, Town of Old Saybrook
Lamberto Lucarelli appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Michael E. Cronin, Jr. appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:00 a.m., with Hearing Officer Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:00 p.m.
Dated:  March 14, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 March 15, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-386 James Latone v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 15, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-386;
James Latone v. Chief, Police Department, City of Waterbury; Police Department, City of Waterbury
Latone James appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Gary S. Roosa appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:45 a.m., with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:05 a.m.
Dated: March 15, 2012
 March 15, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-402 Norman Gaines v. Joseph Gaudett, Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for March 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-402;
Norman Gaines v. Joseph Gaudett, Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
  March 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-389 Jason Day v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on March 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-389;
Jason Day v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Safety
Jason Day appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Assistant Attorney General Terrence O'Neill appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:52 a.m., with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 9:53 a.m.
Dated:  March 19, 2012
 March 16, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-513 M. Jeffry Spahr v. Board of Education, Norwalk Public Schools
FIC 2011-571 M. Jeffry Spahr v. Director, Pupil Personnel Services, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on March 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-513;
M. Jeffry Spahr v. Board of Education, Norwalk Public Schools
Docket #FIC 2011-571;
M. Jeffry Spahr v. Director, Pupil Personnel Services, Norwalk Public Schools; and Norwalk Public Schools
M. Jeffry Spahr appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Mark J. Sommoruga appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:01 a.m, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:03 p.m.
Dated:  March 19, 2012