How deep do tentacles run to kill a government reform bill? That’s what former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh wants to know in a freedom of information request to City Attorney Mark Anastasi whose dubious legal opinion allows city employees to serve on the City Council in defiance of the voter-approved City Charter.
Walsh’s request seeks documents, emails and correspondence between an assortment of city and state officials as well as organized labor leadership working hard to kill a conflict-of-interest bill before the General Assembly backed by most of the city’s legislative delegation to enforce the charter. The request also specifically seeks correspondence between city officials and two would-be bill killers, eastern Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten and ally Lori Pelletier, honcho of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, who want to pad pockets of union membership. Organized labor provides money and muscle to an assortment of Democratic legislators.
Pursuant to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting copies of any documents, emails and correspondence from or to Mayor Finch, the mayor’s office, the Chief of Staff Adam Wood, the Deputy Chief of Staff Ruben Felipe, the Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Nunn, City Department Heads, Lawrence Osborne, Director of Labor Relations, Thomas McCarthy as both Deputy Director of Labor Relations and as President of the City Council, City Council members and other city employees using their city e-mail address or using a personal e-mail address and identifying themselves as city employees or city elected officials, regarding H.B. No. 5886 or otherwise known as AN ACT PROHIBITING MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES FROM SERVING ON CERTAIN MUNICIPAL LEGISLATIVE BODIES.
I am seeking correspondence between city officials and employees and state constitutional officers, state officials, state legislators, employees of the legislative branch, lobbyists employed by the city, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, officials and representatives of organized labor specifically but not limited to State Senator Cathy Osten, 19th Senatorial district, Lori Pelletier, executive secretary treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Sal Luciano, President Connecticut AFL-CIO and Melodie Peters, Executive Vice President Connecticut AFL-CIO.