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.

The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of April 30, 2012 through May 4, 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 30, 2012  10:30 AM FIC 2011-292 Thomas Marra v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
    
 May 1, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-485 Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-694 Janet Perrotti and State of Connecticut, Office of Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department City of New Haven
    
 May 2, 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
  2:00 PM FIC 2011-714 Michael Noon and the Connecticut Correction Employees AFSCME Local 1565 v. Kristine Barone, Administrator, Freedom of Information Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
    
 May 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-446 John Kaminski v. Director of Cash Management, Office of the Treasurer; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Treasurer
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-451 Francis J. Collins v. Planning and Zoning Commission, Town of Oxford; Town of Oxford; and Timberlake Development Partners, LLC
    
 May 4, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-377 Gaylord Salters v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-412 Loren Casertano v. Chief, Police Department, City of Shelton; and Police Department, City of Shelton
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 April 30, 2012  10:30 AM FIC 2011-292 Thomas Marra v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on April 30,2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-292;
Thomas Marra v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Thomas Marra appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Stephen Sarnoski appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:30:00 AM, with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:00:00 AM.
Dated:  May 2, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 May 1, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-485 Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on May 1, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-485;
Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
Umar Shahid appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Michael E. Driscoll appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:41 AM, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:34 AM.
Dated: May 2, 2012
 May 1, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-694 Janet Perrotti and State of Connecticut, Office of Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services 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 May 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-694;
Janet Perrotti and State of Connecticut, Office of Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; and Police Department City of New Haven
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 May 2, 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
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on May 2, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
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
Don Stacom appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Attorney Joseph Skelly appeared on behalf of the respondents.  Attorney Joseph McQuade appeared on behalf of the intervener.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:30 AM, with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:30 AM.
Dated:  May 2, 2012
 May 2, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-714 Michael Noon and the Connecticut Correction Employees AFSCME Local 1565 v. Kristine Barone, Administrator, Freedom of Information Unit, 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 May 2, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-714;
Michael Noon and the Connecticut Correction Employees AFSCME Local 1565 v. Kristine Barone, Administrator, Freedom of Information Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Michael Noon and Michael Tuthill appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Attorney James Neil appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:05 PM, with Commissioner Norma E. Riess presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:06 PM
Dated:  May 2, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 May 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-446 John Kaminski v. Director of Cash Management, Office of the Treasurer; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Treasurer
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on May 3, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-446;
John Kaminski v. Director of Cash Management, Office of the Treasurer; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Treasurer
John Kaminski appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Catherine LeMarr appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:45 AM, with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:00 AM.
Dated:  May 4, 2012
 May 3, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-451 Francis J. Collins v. Planning and Zoning Commission, Town of Oxford; Town of Oxford; and Timberlake Development Partners, LLC
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for May 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.

Docket #FIC 2011-451;
Francis J. Collins v. Planning and Zoning Commission, Town of Oxford; Town of Oxford; and Timberlake Development Partners, LLC
Date
Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 May 4, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-377 Gaylord Salters v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for May 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-377;
Gaylord Salters v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Haven; Police Department, City of New Haven; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 May 4, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-412 Loren Casertano v. Chief, Police Department, City of Shelton; and Police Department, City of Shelton
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on May 4, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-412;
Loren Casertano v. Chief, Police Department, City of Shelton; and Police Department, City of Shelton
Loren Casertano appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Ramon S. Sous appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:01 AM, with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:30 AM.
Dated:  May 4, 2012