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 December 10, 2012 through December 14, 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
 December 10, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-417 Anna Jarema v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-416 David McGuire and the American Civil Liberties Union v. City Council, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
 December 11, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-405 Deborah Brennan v. Chief, Police Department, Town of West Hartford; and Police Department, Town of West Hartford
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-420 Eric Simonson v. Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Darien; and Town of Darien 
 December 12, 2012 No Meetings Scheduled
 December 13, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-353 Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
FIC 2012-462 Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-085 Gloria Battinelli and the Classified Retirees Association, City of Stamford v. Human Resource Director, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-413 James Findley v. Director, Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield; and Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield
 December 14, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-415 Charles Letezio v. Kevin Hale, Chief, Police Department, Town of Ansonia; and Police Department, Town of Ansonia
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-339 David Godbout v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
FIC 2012-357 David Godbout v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
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Date  Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 10, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-417 Anna Jarema v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2012-417;
Anna Jarema v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
 December 10, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-416 David McGuire and the American Civil Liberties Union v. City Council, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-416;
David McGuire and the American Civil Liberties Union v. City Council, City of Bridgeport; and City of Bridgeport
Date  Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 11, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-405 Deborah Brennan v. Chief, Police Department, Town of West Hartford; and Police Department, Town of West Hartford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on December 11, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-405;
Deborah Brennan v. Chief, Police Department, Town of West Hartford; and Police Department, Town of West Hartford
Deborah Brennan appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Patrick G. Alair 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, Kathleen K. Ross presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 10:52 AM.
Dated:  December 11, 2012
 December 11, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-420 Eric Simonson v. Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Darien; and Town of Darien
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on December 11, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-420;
Eric Simonson v. Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Darien; and Town of Darien
Eric Simonson appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney John Wayne Fox 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 3:29 PM.
Dated:  December 11, 2012
Date  Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 13, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-353 Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
FIC 2012-462 Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on December 13, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-353;
Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
Docket #FIC 2012-462;
Michael Vrtis and Realgy Energy Services v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Labor; and State of Connecticut, Department of Labor
Michael Vrtis appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Krista O'Brien 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, Lisa F. Siegel presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:45 AM.
Dated:  December 13, 2012
 December 13, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-085 Gloria Battinelli and the Classified Retirees Association, City of Stamford v. Human Resource Director, City of Stamford; and City of Stamford
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled due to a settlement of the parties.
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
 December 13, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-413 James Findley v. Director, Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield; and Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on December 13, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-413;
James Findley v. Director, Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield; and Housing Authority, Town of Mansfield
James Findley appeared on his own behalf.   Rebecca M. Fields appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:10 PM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 2:39 PM.
Dated:  December 13, 2012
Date  Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 December 14, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-415 Charles Letezio v. Kevin Hale, Chief, Police Department, Town of Ansonia; and Police Department, Town of Ansonia
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for December 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-415;
Charles Letezeio v. Kevin Hale, Chief, Police Department, Town of Ansonia; and Police Department, Town of Ansonia
 December 14, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-339 David Godbout v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
FIC 2012-357 David Godbout v. Commissioner, 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 consolidated matters was held on December 14, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-339;
David Godbout v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2012-357;
David Godbout v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
The complainant failed to appear.   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 11:34 AM, with Hearing Officer, Tracie C. Brown presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:37 AM.
Dated:  December 18, 2012