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 July16, 2012 through July 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
 July 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-569 Ronald Boutot v. Leo Arnone, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and  State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-293 Edward Tuccio v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Ridgefield; and Police Department, Town of Ridgefield
 2:00 PM 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
FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
 July 17, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-634 Rodney Hankerson v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
 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 2012-028 Jonathan Rosenthal v. City Council, City of Bristol; and City of Bristol
 July 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-640 Guy Sullivan v. Frank Reed, Acting Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilites; Molly Cole, Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; Membership Committee, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities;  and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
FIC 2012-010 Guy Sullivan v. Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
 July 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-673 Thomas Holmes v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-494 Christopher Fitton v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-064 Sergio Brizuela v. Brent Larrabee, Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department,  Town of East Haven
 July 20, 2012  9:30 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
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-668 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection
FIC 2011-670 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Col. Danny Stebbins, 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
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-569 Ronald Boutot v. Leo Arnone, Commissioner, 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 July 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-569;
Ronald Boutot v. Leo Arnone, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and  State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Ronald Boutot appeared failed to appear.   Attorney James Neal appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:40 AM, with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 9:44 AM.
Dated:  July 18, 2012
 July 16, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-293 Edward Tuccio v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Ridgefield; and Police Department, Town of Ridgefield

An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on July 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

Docket #FIC 2012-293;

Edward Tuccio v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Ridgefield; and Police Department, Town of Ridgefield

Edward Tuccio appeared on his own behalf.  

Attorney Nathan Zezula appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.

The hearing convened at 11:07 AM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:55 PM.
Dated:  July 17, 2012

 July 16, 2012  2:00 PM 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
FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on July 16,2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
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
James Torlai appeared on his own behalf.   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 2:03 PM, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:50 PM.
Dated:  July 18, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 17, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-634 Rodney Hankerson 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 July 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-634;
Rodney Hankerson v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
Rodney Hankerson appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Mary C. Pokorski appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:37 AM, with Hearing Officer Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:53 AM.
Dated:  August 22, 2012
 July 17, 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 matter for July 17, 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:  July 18, 2012
 July 17, 2012  2:00 PM 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 July 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-028;
Jonathan Rosenthal v. City Council, City of Bristol; and City of Bristol
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 18, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2011-640 Guy Sullivan v. Frank Reed, Acting Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilites; Molly Cole, Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; Membership Committee, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities;  and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
FIC 2012-010 Guy Sullivan v. Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on July 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-640;
Guy Sullivan v. Frank Reed, Acting Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilites; Molly Cole, Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; Membership Committee, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities;  and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
Docket #FIC 2012-010;
Guy Sullivan v. Chairman, State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities; and State of Connecticut, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

Guy Sullivan appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Jane Comerford appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:09, with Commissioner Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:55 PM.
Dated:  July 20, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-673 Thomas Holmes v. Commissioner, 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 July 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-673;
Thomas Holmes v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Thomas Holmes appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney James Neil appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:35 AM, with Hearing Officer Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:15 AM.
Dated:  July 20, 2012
 July 19, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-494 Christopher Fitton v. Commissioner, 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 July 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-494;
Christopher Fitton v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
The complainant failed to appear.   Attorney James Neil appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:18 AM, with Hearing Officer Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:19 AM.
Dated:  July 20, 2012
 July 19, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-064 Sergio Brizuela v. Brent Larrabee, Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department,  Town of East Haven
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for July 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2011-064;
Shawn Crocker v. State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 20, 2012  9:30 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
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for July 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.

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
 July 20, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-668 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection
FIC 2011-670 Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Col. Danny Stebbins, 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 matter for July 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2011-670;
Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Col. Danny Stebbins, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
The complaint in the following matter has been withdrawn.
  
Docket #FIC 2011-668;
Mark Dumas and the Connecticut State Police Union v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection

Dated:  July 20, 2012
 July 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 July 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