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 July 30, 2012 through August 3, 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 30, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-687 Andres Sosa v. State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 July 31, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-554 Michael Edwards v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-619 Joseph Sargent v. Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-636 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina and Bert Rosenberg, Office of the City Attorney, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 August 1, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-507 Troy Cosentino v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Hamden; Police Department, Town of Hamden; Susan Gruen, Town Attorney, Town of Hamden; and Town of Hamden; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:30 AM FIC 2012-012 Fred Brow v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
 August 2, 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 2012-085 Gloria Battinelli and the Classified Retirees Association, City of Stamford v. Human Resource Director, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 August 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-639 John Kaminski v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; and Police Department, City of New Britain
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-113 Sheila McCreven v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 30, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-687 Andres Sosa v. State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on July 30, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-687;
Andres Sosa v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Andres Sosa 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 9:43 AM, with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 9:48 AM.
Dated:  July 31, 2012
 
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 July 31, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-554 Michael Edwards 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 31, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-554;
Michael Edwards v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Michael Edwards 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 10:15 AM, with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:35 AM.
Dated:  July 31, 2012
 July 31, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-619 Joseph Sargent v. Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on July 31, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-619;
Joseph Sargent v. Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Joseph Sargent appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Michael Petrie appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:02 AM, with Hearing Officer Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 1:05 PM.
Dated:  July 31, 2012
 July 31, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-636 Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina and Bert Rosenberg, Office of the City Attorney, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on July 31, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-636;
Joseph Sargent v. Michael Larobina and Burt Rosenberg, Office of the City Attorney, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Joseph Sargent appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Michael Petrie appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:07 PM, with Hearing Officer Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:22 PM.
Dated:  August 1, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 August 1, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-507 Troy Cosentino v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Hamden; Police Department, Town of Hamden; Susan Gruen, Town Attorney, Town of Hamden; and Town of Hamden; 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 August 1, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-507;
Troy Cosentino v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Hamden; Police Department, Town of Hamden; Susan Gruen, Town Attorney, Town of Hamden; and Town of Hamden; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
Troy Cosentino appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Susan Gruen appeared on behalf of the respondent, Town of Hamden.  Attorney James Neil appeared on behalf of the respondent, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction.  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 9:45 AM.
Dated:  August 1, 2012
 August 1, 2012  11:30 AM FIC 2012-012 Fred Brow v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on August 1, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-012;
Fred Brow v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
Attorney Patricia CoFrancesco appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Joseph Zullo appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:36 AM, with Commissioner, Sherman D. London presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:22 PM.
Dated:  August 1, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 August 2, 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 August 2, 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 9:30 AM, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:53 AM.
Dated:  August 8, 2012
 August 2, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-085 Gloria Battinelli and the Classified Retirees Association, City of Stamford v. Human Resource Director, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on August 2, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-085;
Gloria Battinelli and the Classified Retirees Association, City of Stamford v. Human Resource Director, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
Gloria Battinelli appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Christ DellaSelva appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:02 PM, with Hearing Officer, Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 2:45 PM.
Dated:  August 3, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 August 3, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-639 John Kaminski 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 August 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.

Docket #FIC 2011-639;
John Kaminski v. Chief, Police Department, City of New Britain; Police Department, City of New Britain; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 August 3, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-113 Sheila McCreven v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for August 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was postponed.

Docket #FIC 2012-113;
Sheila McCreven v. Conservation Commission, Town of Woodbridge; and Town of Woodbridge