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.

The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of April 16, 2012 through April 20, 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
 April 16, 2012  No hearings scheduled
    
 April 17, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-541 James Quattro v. Vital Statistics Registrar, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-360 Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 786 v. Mayor, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
    
 April 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-669 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. James Canon, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 11:30 AM FIC 2011-711 Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-704 Hardie Burgin v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Hampton; and Police Department, Town of East Hampton
    
 April 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-365 Ira Alston v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-691 Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; Director, Human Resources, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-262 William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police
FIC 2011-419 William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
FIC 2012-105 William Rice v. Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    
 April 20, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-380 Salvatore Gabriele v. Michael Larobina, Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 10:30 AM FIC 2011-472 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford
FIC 2011-474 Joseph Sargent v. Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
FIC 2011-475 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 April 17, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-541 James Quattro v. Vital Statistics Registrar, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on April 17, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-541;
James Quattro v. Vital Statistics Registrar, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
James Quattro appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Daniel Shapiro 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 Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:17 p.m.
Dated:  April 18, 2012
 April 17, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-360 Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 786 v. Mayor, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for April 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-360;
Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 786 v. Mayor, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 April 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-669 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. James Canon, 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 April 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-669;
Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. James Canon, 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 behalf of the complainants.   Attorney Stephen Sarnoski appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:03 a.m., with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:28 a.m.
Dated:  April 19, 2012
 April 18, 2012  11:30 AM FIC 2011-711 Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for April 18, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., was postponed.
           
Docket #FIC 2011-711;
Don Stacom and the Hartford Courant v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
 April 18, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-704 Hardie 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 April 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-704;
Hardie Burgin v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Hampton; and Police Department, Town of East Hampton
Hardie Burgin appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Jean M. D'Aquila appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:00 p.m., with Commissioner Norma E. Riess presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:43 p.m.
Dated:  April 19, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 April 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-365 Ira Alston 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 April 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-365;
Ira Alston v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department, City of New Haven
Ira Alston appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Kathleen Foster appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:50 AM, with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:14 AM.
Dated:  April 19, 2012
 April 19, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-691 Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; Director, Human Resources, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on April 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-691;
Donna Best v. Mayor, Town of Stratford; Director, Human Resources, Town of Stratford; and Town of Stratford
Attorney Richard Padykula appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Michael Casey appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:15 AM, with Hearing Officer Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:43 AM.
Dated: April 19, 2012
 April 19, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-262 William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police
FIC 2011-419 William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
FIC 2012-105 William Rice v. Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matters for April 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaints in these matters have been withdrawn.
 
Docket #FIC 2011-262;
William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of State Police
Docket #FIC 2011-419;
William N. Rice v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
Docket #FIC 2012-105;
William Rice v. Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 April 20, 2012  9:30 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 April 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled due to a resolution by stipulation of the parties. 
Docket #FIC 2011-380;
Salvatore Gabriele v. Michael Larobina, Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 April 20, 2012  10:30 AM FIC 2011-472 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford
FIC 2011-474 Joseph Sargent v. Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
FIC 2011-475 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matters for April 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM, was cancelled due to a resolution by stipulation of the parties. 
Docket #FIC 2011-472;
Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford
Docket #FIC 2011-474;
Joseph Sargent v. Director of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Docket #FIC 2011-475;
Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina, Director, Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford; and Office of Legal Affairs, City of Stamford