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 June 18, 2012 through June 22, 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
 June 18, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-047 Leah F. Walsh v. Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools; and Bethel Public Schools
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-054 Kevin Ziolkovski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
 June 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-485 Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-048 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
FIC 2012-049 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
FIC 2012-050 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-056 Sandyha Desmond v. State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Statewide Grievance Committee
 June 20, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
FIC 2011-700 James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-062 Rhudean Bull v. Mary Lou Rinaldi, Ernie Orgera, Christina Andreana, Tim Curtin, Donald Huppert, Mitchell Kaufman, Fred Flynn, Members, Water Pollution Control Authority, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 June 21, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-570 John Kaminski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-080 Jon Schoenhorn v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit;  and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-032 Edward Peruta and the American News and  Informational Services v. Ruben Bradford, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; Thomas Hatfield, Legal Affairs, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 June 22, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-028 Jonathan Rosenthal v. City Council, City of Bristol; and City of Bristol
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-033 Estate of Joseph Mazzotta v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 18, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-047 Leah F. Walsh v. Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools; and Bethel Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-047;
Leah F. Walsh v. Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools; and Bethel Public Schools
Leah Walsh appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Henry Zaccardi appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:40 AM, with Hearing Officer, Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:15 PM.
Dated:  June 19, 2012
 June 18, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-054 Kevin Ziolkovski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-054;
Kevin Ziolkovski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Kevin Ziolkovski appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Melinda Decker 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, Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:28 PM.
Dated:  June 19, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-485 Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-485;
Umar Shahid v. Chief, Police Department, City of Norwich; and Police Department, City of Norwich
 June 19, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-048 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
FIC 2012-049 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
FIC 2012-050 Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matters for June 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was postponed.

Docket #FIC 2012-048;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
Docket #FIC 2012-049;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
Docket #FIC 2012-050;
Robert Cushman v. Chief, Police Department, City of Hartford; and Police Department, City of Hartford
Dated:  June 22, 2012
 June 19, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-056 Sandyha Desmond v. State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Statewide Grievance Committee
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-056;
Sandyha Desmond v. State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Statewide Grievance Committee
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 20, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
FIC 2011-700 James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matters for June 20, 2012  at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-700;
James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2012-040;
James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Dated:  June 22, 2012
 June 20, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-062 Rhudean Bull v. Mary Lou Rinaldi, Ernie Orgera, Christina Andreana, Tim Curtin, Donald Huppert, Mitchell Kaufman, Fred Flynn, Members, Water Pollution Control Authority, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-062;
Rhudean Bull v. Mary Lou Rinaldi, Ernie Orgera, Christina Andreana, Tim Curtin, Donald Huppert, Mitchell Kaufman, Fred Flynn, Members, Water Pollution Control Authority, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 21, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-570 John Kaminski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-570;
John Kaminski v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 June 21, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-080 Jon Schoenhorn v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit;  and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2012-080;
Jon Schoenhorn v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit;  and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Legal Affairs Unit
 June 21, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-032 Edward Peruta and the American News and  Informational Services v. Ruben Bradford, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; Thomas Hatfield, Legal Affairs, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public; 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 June 21, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-032;
Edward Peruta and the American News and  Informational Services v. Ruben Bradford, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; Thomas Hatfield, Legal Affairs, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Ed Peruta appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Stephen Sarnoski appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:00 PM, with Commissioner, Norma E. Riess presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:30 PM.
Dated:  June 22, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 22, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-028 Jonathan Rosenthal v. City Council, City of Bristol; and City of Bristol
NOTICE:
The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-028;
Jonathan Rosenthal v. City Council, City of Bristol; and City of Bristol
 June 22, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-033 Estate of Joseph Mazzotta v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 22, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-033;
Estate of Joseph Mazzotta v. Chief, Police Department, City of Middletown; and Police Department, City of Middletown
Attorney A. Paul Spinella appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Timothy Lynch appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:11 AM, with Commissioner Matthew Streeter presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:40 AM.
Dated:  June 22, 2012