FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
FINAL DECISION: Docket #FIC 2007-171
In the Matter of a Complaint by
John Gogliettino, Complainant
City Clerk, City of Danbury; and
Common Council, City of Danbury,
March 12, 2008
The above-captioned matter was heard as a contested case on July 6, 2007, at which time the complainant and the respondents appeared, stipulated to certain facts and presented testimony, exhibits and argument on the complaint.
After consideration of the entire record, the following facts are found and conclusions of law are reached:
1. The respondents are public agencies within the meaning of §1-200(1), G.S.
2. By letter of complaint filed March 22, 2007, the complainant appealed to the Commission, alleging that the respondents violated the Freedom of Information (“FOI”) Act by failing to post timely notice of a budget workshop.
3. It is found that the respondent Common Council held a special meeting on March 7, 2007 beginning at 7:15 p.m.
4. It is found that notice of the special meeting was stamped received for record by the respondent City Clerk on March 7, 2007 at 8:53 a.m.
5. Section 1-225(d) provides in relevant part:
Notice of each special meeting of every public agency … shall be given not less than twenty-four hours prior to the time of such meeting by filing a notice of the time and place thereof … in the office of the clerk of such subdivision for any public agency of a political subdivision of the state.
6. The respondent Common Council contends that the notice was actually delivered to the City Clerk sometime between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. on March 6, 2007. The respondent Common Council further contends that its efforts to deliver timely notice to the City Clerk were delayed by the illness of the Clerk of the Common Council, who is also the City Clerk, and that the Clerk had to engage others to complete the task of delivering the notice.
7. Although there appear to have been circumstances explaining the delay in delivering the notice, it is found that the respondents failed to overcome the presumption that the notice was received at the time and date it was stamped received.
8. It is concluded that the respondents violated §1-225(a), G.S.
The following order by the Commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above-captioned complaint:
1. Henceforth the respondents shall strictly comply with the requirements of §1-225(a), G.S.
Approved by Order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of March 12, 2008.
What "special" meeting was this case in reference towards you ask? Well, it's was the very ad-hoc meeting where the Hispanic Center's funding was frozen and Elise Marciano and her band of misfits turned the entire proceedings into a Kangaroo Court.
How do I know...well, because I was there to videotape and photograph the entire meeting including Marciano and her morons (boxed in purple in the photo below) as they spewed out their choreographed racist bullshit attack against the center.
NOTE: Marciano's most notable misfits include Patricia Kadet and Barbara Keidel (upper left), BFF and racist email contributor Pauline Basso (lower right), and her "walking corpse" of a husband George (standing lower left).
The stupidity of the entire matter centers ONCE AGAIN around the incompetency of the our lovely City Clerk and her "illness" at the time is COMPLETELY irrelevant. You know damn well that this particular ad-hoc committee meeting was scheduled WELL IN ADVANCE of the City Clerk's office receiving and stamping the notice.
Okay, lets recap:
- members of the Common Council not receiving requested information from the City Clerk on a timely basis,
- NUMEROUS reports of the City Clerk not at her office when needed (clue: check the Registrar of Voters office),
- failure to post the agenda of the Common Council meeting online in a timely basis,
- cheap political shots such as Democratic Common Councilmen names missing on the new voter registration letters,
- dealing with the arrogance of someone who would have the audacity to promote her role as Justice of the Peace which has f*cking NOTHING TO DO WITH HER JOB AS CITY CLERK,
- or embarrassing rulings where the City Clerk's incompetence is noted in the record,
It's becoming more and more clear...crystal clear...that the position of City Clerk needs to BE ELIMINATED and turned into a NON-POLITICAL civil service position.
Let's go back and roll the video tape on the complaints towards Jean Natale:
With the current charter revision commission, we can bring an end to this madness and rid the city of this unnecessary position...and this call has been ongoing for the last 20 years.
Danbury News-Times editorial June 6 1987:
In the end, it's this simple:
What do you want? All the problems noted about the present city clerk, not withstanding someone who has no problem standing next to skinheads...
...or a non-partisan civil servant that can get the job done at a fraction of the cost to the taxpayers?
You know my answer folks, do your part and tell the charter revision commission to eliminate this ridiculous position and rid us of this ongoing nonsense once and for all.