Your Right To Know

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

by Ethan Fry | Jun 6, 2017 2:38 pm

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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Ansonia Aldermen Talk Legal Bills

by Ethan Fry | May 16, 2017 4:07 pm

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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Ansonia Sends FOI Reminder To Officials

by STAFF | Feb 14, 2017 8:13 am

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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