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Ansonia Sends FOI Reminder To Officials

by STAFF | Feb 14, 2017 7:13 am | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryThe City of Ansonia’s lawyer issued a reminder to public officials about when they can — and cannot — exclude members of the public from meetings.

The two-page memo spelling out the Freedom of Information Act’s rules on “executive sessions” was sent last month to all of the city’s boards and commissions and the recording secretaries who prepare agendas and minutes.

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Gerckens: I Was Wrong About Meeting Minutes

by Art Gerckens | Feb 7, 2017 10:36 am | Comments (0)

FILE PHOTODear VIS Readers:

I felt I needed to address the Gerckens: Derby Needs To Follow Open Government Rules story as quickly as possible to set the record straight.

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Gerckens: Derby Needs To Follow Open Government Rules

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 6, 2017 3:54 pm | Comments (0)


CORRECTION: Derby Alderman Art Gerckens contacted the Valley Indy Tuesday morning and said he mistakenly said “minutes” repeatedly during the Jan. 26 Derby
Board of Aldermen meeting. Gerkens said his request was not for minutes — but for the audio recording of the meeting. The story has been updated, and Gerckens wrote a letter explaining the mistake.

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Confusion Over New Hours At Derby City Hall

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 2, 2017 5:32 pm | Comments (0)

Derby City Hall’s new hours of operation led to confusion among elected officials and the public, according to a discussion among Aldermen Jan. 26.

The new hours went into effect Jan. 1. The confusion was over whether nonunion department heads were supposed to work longer days on Fridays.

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Shelton Wasn’t Keeping Minutes For Controversial Zone Change Request

by Ethan Fry and Aaron Berkowitz | Jan 31, 2017 5:07 pm | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryThe City of Shelton recently published meeting minutes regarding a controversial development proposal, but only after a Freedom of Information complaint was lodged against the city.

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In Ansonia, A Meeting That Wasn’t

by Ethan Fry | Dec 22, 2016 6:46 am | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryA meeting of Ansonia Aldermen scheduled for Wednesday night was canceled after most of them met behind closed doors in the mayor’s office while the scheduled meeting was supposed to be going on.

Emerging after about 25 minutes, the city’s lawyer said the meeting was called off because of “issues with quorum” — even though a majority of the board had just been in the building.

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Ansonia GOP To Talk School Funding

by Ethan Fry | Oct 19, 2016 7:21 pm | Comments (0)

Ansonia Republicans are planning to meet behind closed doors Thursday night to talk about school funding, the Valley Indy has learned.

Members of the public will not be allowed to attend because it is a political caucus.

Republican officials said the caucus will include Republican members of the Board of Aldermen’s finance and education subcommittees, Republican members of the Board of Education, as well as Mayor David Cassetti and members of his administration.

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Derby School Board Looks To Delete Nepotism Rule

by STAFF | Oct 19, 2016 6:28 pm | Comments (0)

The Derby Board of Education is again considering removing a barrier from hiring their relatives to work in the school district.

As it stands, no immediate family member of the school board member can be appointed to a full-time position in the school district.

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‘Navel Gazing’ About The Trump Rally Story With Brian Perkins

by STAFF | Aug 22, 2016 5:33 am | Comments (0)

Why did the Valley Indy publish a story last week about Ansonia Board of Alderman President Phil Tripp confronting a protester inside a Donald Trump rally at Sacred Heart University?

Ansonia resident Brian Perkins (pictured below) was one of several readers on Facebook who took issue with the story.

He called the Valley Indy one-sided and corrupt, so we invited him on “Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy podcast, to discuss the story.

Click the play button below to listen:

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Schools Spar With City Hall Over Donation Form, Private Meeting

by Ethan Fry | Jul 7, 2016 8:10 pm | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryAnsonia’s Board of Education met behind closed doors Wednesday to talk about a school donation form sent to city residents with this year’s tax bills.

Asked why the discussion had to exclude members of the public, school officials said they were protected by attorney-client privilege since they met with their lawyer.

But the city’s lawyer said that rationale doesn’t wash — and said the school board’s “executive session” was therefore illegal.

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