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.  At this time, there are no Contested Case Hearings scheduled through August 14, 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 February 24, 2014 through February 28, 2014 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
 February 24, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-439 David LeBlanc v. Chairman, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; Executive Director, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; and Housing Authority, Town of Watertown
 11:00 AM FIC 2013-461 Robert Cushman v. Commissioner, 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 2013-243 Nancy Chapman v. Mayor, City of Norwalk; Director of Marketing and Business Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Norwalk; and City of Norwalk
 February 25, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-234 Donald Steinbrick v. Mayor, Town of Putnam; and Town of Putnam
 2:00 PM FIC 2013-476 Adrienne Johnson v. Principal, New Horizons, New Haven Public Schools; and Board of Education, New Haven Public Schools
 February 26, 2014 No Special Meetings Scheduled
 February 27, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2013-435 Gregory Dandio and the Trifection Group v. Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services; and  State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services
 February 28, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-489 Maggie Gordon and Hearst Connecticut Newspapers v. Director, Department of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich;  Town of Greenwich; Office of the Controller, City of Stamford; City of Stamford; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Danbury;  City of Danbury; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Bridgeport; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Bridgeport; City of Bridgeport; Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 24, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-439 David LeBlanc v. Chairman, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; Executive Director, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; and Housing Authority, Town of Watertown
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2013-439;
David LeBlanc v. Chairman, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; Executive Director, Housing Authority, Town of Watertown; and Housing Authority, Town of Watertown
 February 24, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2013-461 Robert Cushman 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 matter was held on February 24, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2013-461;
Robert Cushman v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Robert Cushman appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney James W. Caley appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:14 AM, with Hearing Officer, Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 12:20 PM.
Dated:  February 24, 2014
 February 24, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2013-243 Nancy Chapman v. Mayor, City of Norwalk; Director of Marketing and Business Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Norwalk; and City of Norwalk
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2013-243;
Nancy Chapman v. Mayor, City of Norwalk; Director of Marketing and Business Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Norwalk; and City of Norwalk
Date___________ Time___ Contested_Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 25, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-234 Donald Steinbrick v. Mayor, Town of Putnam; and Town of Putnam
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 25, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2013-234;
Donald Steinbrick v. Mayor, Town of Putnam; and Town of Putnam
Attorney Norman B. Seney, Jr. appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney William H. St. Onge appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 10:12 AM, with Hearing Officer, Gregory F. Daniels presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 10:23 AM.
Dated:  February 25, 2014
 February 25, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2013-476 Adrienne Johnson v. Principal, New Horizons, New Haven Public Schools; and Board of Education, New Haven Public Schools
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for February 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2013-476;
Adrienne Johnson v. Principal, New Horizons, New Haven Public Schools; and Board of Education, New Haven Public Schools
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 27, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2013-435 Gregory Dandio and the Trifection Group v. Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services; and  State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 27, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2013-435;
Gregory Dandio and the Trifection Group v. Executive Director, State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services; and  State of Connecticut, Area Cooperative Educational Services
The complainant failed to appear.  Attorney Henry Zacardi appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:15 AM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:21 AM.
Dated:  February 27, 2014
Date___________ Time___ Contested_Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 February 28, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2013-489 Maggie Gordon and Hearst Connecticut Newspapers v. Director, Department of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich;  Town of Greenwich; Office of the Controller, City of Stamford; City of Stamford; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Danbury;  City of Danbury; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Bridgeport; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Bridgeport; City of Bridgeport; Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on February 28, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2013-489;
Maggie Gordon and Hearst Connecticut Newspapers v. Director, Department of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich;  Town of Greenwich; Office of the Controller, City of Stamford; City of Stamford; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Danbury;  City of Danbury; Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Bridgeport; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Bridgeport; City of Bridgeport; Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Attorney Diego Ibarguen appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Attorney Valerie Maze Keeney appeared on behalf of Director, Department of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich; Town of Greenwich.  Attorney Laszlo L. Pinter appeared on behalf of Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Danbury; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Danbury; City of Danbury.  Attorney Gregory Conte appeared on behalf of Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Bridgeport; Director, Human Resources Department, City of Bridgeport; City of Bridgeport.  Assistant Attorney General Terrence M. O’Neill appeared on behalf of Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  Attorney Daniel C. Ford appeared on behalf of Bridgeport Police Union, Local 1159, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO and Danbury Police Union, Local 891, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:41 AM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:04 AM.
Dated:  March 4, 2014