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FOI Commission: Shelton Pension Board Played Games With The FOI Act

by Ethan Fry | Jun 6, 2017 2:38 pm | Comments (0)

Members of the Shelton pension board clearly didn’t have open government in mind when they changed meeting dates, failed to file meeting minutes on time, and moved gatherings from an obvious public space and into the mayor’s office.

While the sum of the pension board’s actions were “contrary to the spirit” of the public’s right to know, only the lack of meeting minutes actually violated the law, according to Lisa Siegel, a hearing officer with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission.

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Lawyer’s Report On Derby Police Chief Could Become Public

by Ethan Fry | May 22, 2017 11:22 am | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryA report authored by a lawyer detailing his investigation of a complaint made against the Derby police chief could soon become public.

However, another lawyer representing Derby is arguing that releasing it would be improper under state law.

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Valley Indy Has Open Government Complaints Against Shelton, City Of Ansonia, Ansonia Schools

by STAFF | May 17, 2017 4:55 pm | Comments (0)

photo:ethan fryShould the public have to wait four months to know what happened at a public meeting?

That’s the question at the heart of a complaint The Valley Indy filed against the City of Shelton in front of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission.

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Ansonia Aldermen Talk Legal Bills

by Ethan Fry | May 16, 2017 4:07 pm | Comments (0)

The City of Ansonia’s defense of a lawsuit filed by its former trash hauling contractor has so far cost taxpayers about $11,000.

The payments to former Derby Corporation Counsel Joseph Coppola are part of more than $40,000 paid to Coppola by the city in the past two years for services rendered, including a stint as a budget consultant.

The dollar figure emerged as part of a disagreement between Mayor David Cassetti and Aldermanic President Phil Tripp over hiring outside lawyers.

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Seymour Police Officer, Former Ansonia Alderman Arrested After Domestic Incident

by STAFF | Mar 22, 2017 9:58 pm | Comments (0)

A Seymour police officer and a former Ansonia Alderman both face misdemeanor charges in connection to a domestic dispute.

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Ansonia Sends FOI Reminder To Officials

by STAFF | Feb 14, 2017 8:13 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 11:36 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 4:54 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 6:32 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 6:07 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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