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 October 15, 2012 through October 19, 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
 October 15, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-272 Christopher Charles v. Board of Selectmen, Town of Washington; and Town of Washington
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-274 Steven Nash v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-307 Robert Sears v. First Selectman, Town of Stafford; and Town of Stafford
 October 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-127 Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-126 Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department City of Stamford
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-220 Cecilia Baxter and the New London Consortium on Aging v. Director of Finance, Finance Department, City of New London; and City of New London
 October 17, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2012-225 Richard Burgess and Connecticut Carry Inc. v. Diane Urban, Member, State of Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly
 11:30 AM FIC 2012-218 Roy Thomas v. Principal, East Lyme High School, East Lyme Public Schools;  East Lyme Public Schools; Principal, Stonington High School, Stonington Public Schools; and Stonington Public Schools
 October 18, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-243 Yaman Salahi and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-260 David Godbout v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
 October 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-210 Joe Burgos Vega v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-273 Lewis Palmieri v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; and Police Department, Town of Southington
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 15, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-272 Christopher Charles v. Board of Selectmen, Town of Washington; and Town of Washington
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2012-272;
Christopher Charles v. Board of Selectmen, Town of Washington; and Town of Washington
 October 15, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-274 Steven Nash v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-274;
Steven Nash v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Enviornmental Protection
 October 15, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-307 Robert Sears v. First Selectman, Town of Stafford; and Town of Stafford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 15, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-307;
Robert Sears v. First Selectman, Town of Stafford; and Town of Stafford
The Complainant failed to appear.   Richard Shuck, First Selectman, and Gary Quinn appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:15 PM, with Hearing Officer, Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 2:21 PM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 16, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-127 Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-127;
Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Bridgeport; and Police Department, City of Bridgeport
Sandra Staub appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Arthur Lask appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:07 AM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:00 PM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
 October 16, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-126 Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 16, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-126;
Sandra Staub and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department City of Stamford
Sandra Staub appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Burt Rosenberg appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 12:11 PM, with Hearing Officer, Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 1:38 PM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
 October 16, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-220 Cecilia Baxter and the New London Consortium on Aging v. Director of Finance, Finance Department, City of New London; and City of New London
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 16 ,2012 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-220;
Cecilia Baxter and the New London Consortium on Aging v. Director of Finance, Finance Department, City of New London; and City of New London
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 17, 2012  10:00 AM FIC 2012-225 Richard Burgess and Connecticut Carry Inc. v. Diane Urban, Member, State of Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-225;
Richard Burgess and Connecticut Carry Inc. v. Diane Urban, Member, State of Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly
 October 17, 2012  11:30 AM FIC 2012-218 Roy Thomas v. Principal, East Lyme High School, East Lyme Public Schools;  East Lyme Public Schools; Principal, Stonington High School, Stonington Public Schools; and Stonington Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 17, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-218;
Roy Thomas v. Principal, East Lyme High School, East Lyme Public Schools;  East Lyme Public Schools; Principal, Stonington High School, Stonington Public Schools; and Stonington Public Schools
Roy Thomas appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Jennifer Lia Dixon appeared on behalf of the respondents, Principal, East Lyme High School, East Lyme Public Schools;  East Lyme Public Schools.  Attorney Kyle McClain appeared on behalf of the respondents, Principal, Stonington High School, Stonington Public Schools; and Stonington Public Schools.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:31 AM, with Commissioner, Sherman D. London presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 12:44 PM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 18, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-243 Yaman Salahi and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2012-243;
Yaman Salahi and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization v. Chief, Police Department, Town of East Haven; and Police Department, Town of East Haven
 October 18, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-260 David Godbout v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 18, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-260;
David Godbout v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
David Godbout appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Burt Rosenberg appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:16 AM, with Hearing Officer, Mary E. Schwind presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 12:26 PM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 19, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-210 Joe Burgos Vega 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 October 19, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-210;
Joe Burgos Vega v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Correction; and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction

Joe Burgos Vega appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney James Neil 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 10:10 AM.
Dated:  October 23, 2012
 October 19, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-273 Lewis Palmieri v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; and Police Department, Town of Southington
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2012-273;
Lewis Palmieri v. Chief, Police Department, Town of Southington; and Police Department, Town of Southington