When the state legislature approved the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act was 42 years ago, the following was read into the record:
“The legislature finds and declares that secrecy in government is inherently inconsistent with a true democracy, that the people have a right to be fully informed of the action taken by public agencies in order that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”
Apparently that statement hasn’t reached 42 Grove St. in Ansonia, where the school board met Thursday.
A Derby police officer resigned from the force Monday after a three-hour, closed-door hearing before the city’s Police Commission.
Officer Jordan Gochros had been suspended without pay since last August, when New Haven police charged him with three misdemeanors in connection to a domestic incident during which he allegedly hit a woman.
Officials with both major political parties in Ansonia re-filed campaign financing reports after the Valley Indy pointed out they had submitted incomplete documents.
Mayor David Cassetti’s campaign did not include some information about two fundraisers it held in its latest round of disclosures. And Democrats didn’t submit some of their donors’ employment information, a violation of state law.
Steven Nakano, the executive director of the Derby Housing Authority, resigned his position to take the same job in Ansonia, according to a press release issued Thursday.
The press release from the Ansonia Housing Authority did not include Nakano’s salary information.
The Ansonia Housing Authority’s interim executive director would not release the information. The Valley Indy was referred to the Ansonia housing commission’s chairman for salary info, who said Friday that Nakano will not start work in Ansonia until the end of August and that his salary is still being negotiated.
“When we know the exact amount I’ll certainly pass that long,” the chairman, James Prestiano, said.
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti’s re-election campaign failed to disclose that $4,000 in contributions to the mayor’s run came from people affiliated with a company that does business with the city.
The donations themselves are not prohibited, but the campaign didn’t check the correct box on election forms disclosing that the donors are connected to one of the city’s contractors — Prime AE, an engineering and architectural firm.
Corrected paperwork was submitted less than 24 hours after the Valley Indy asked the mayor about the donations.
UPDATE: The Valley Indy was able to interview a spokeswoman from the CHFA June 29. She said the money is actually owed to the “state elderly housing program replacement reserves.” Essentially, the Derby Housing Authority is required to pay the money back to its own greatly depleted reserves.
As it stands, the housing authority simply does not have enough money to pay the bill money.