Cigna -- Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (First Five grants)

David Sirota filed this request with the Department of Economic and Community Development of Connecticut.

It is a clone of this request.

Due May 17, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

I hereby request specific correspondence between the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and employees of Cigna. This includes specific correspondence to or from employees of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to or from email addresses from any of the following domain names: @cigna.com or @rc.com.

The specific correspondence I request are all referencing the so-called "First Five" program, the
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and/or the specific benefits Cigna received through the program referenced here: http://www.cigna.com/newsroom/news-releases/2011/pdf/cigna-is-first-to-benefit-from-connecticuts-new-first-five-economic-development-program.pdf

I request such correspondence from 1/1/11 to the present. If it is your position that some of these records are available but others are not (or a part of the request is too broad), please provide me with the records that are available.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Sirota
Senior Editor
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
The Department of Economic and Community Development ("DECD") has received your Freedom of Information ("FOI") request dated May 11, 2016, (DECD received May 12, 2016) requesting the following information: specific correspondence between the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development ( the "DECD") and employees of Cigna. This includes specific correspondence to or from employees of the DECD to or from email addresses from any of the following domain names: @cigna.com or @rc.com regarding First-Five program.
We will search our files for information responsive to your request and will determine whether the information is subject to disclosure under Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act. Please note that requests for access to and/or copies of documents are handled in the order that such requests were received. At this time, there are currently fifteen (15) outstanding requests for access to and/or copies of documents that were received prior to your request, many of which are voluminous. As you may be aware, each document must be reviewed for statutory exemptions to disclosure prior to being made available for public access. Additionally, the legal unit is not the custodian of the records you have requested. We must therefore rely on agency staff to provide responsive materials for our review and as such, our ability to provide the materials to you is dependent on our timely receipt of them from staff.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A DENIAL OF YOUR REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS. I will contact you when the requested materials are ready for your review. Additionally, please be advised that there is a charge of $.25 per page for each page copied. Once the materials have been assembled, I will contact you with the estimated charges. Thank you for your patience.

In the interim, please contact me with any questions.

Very truly yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD
505 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106-7106
P(860) 270-8225
F(860) 270-8016
crystal.knight@ct.gov<mailto:crystal.knight@ct.gov>

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From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are eleven (11) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 05/27/2016. I apologize for the delay, I'll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Please feel free to check in with me periodically if you would like an update as to the status of your request.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are eleven (11) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 06/13/2016. At this time I cannot give a specific time frame as to when responsive material related to your FOI request will be available for release. The next two (2) FOI request inline for review are voluminous. Right now I am in the process of reviewing over 2000 emails for one of those FOI request.

I apologize for the delay, I'll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to check in with me periodically if you would like an update as to the status of your request.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota,

There are eleven (11) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 06/28/2016. At this time I cannot give a specific time frame as to when responsive material related to your FOI request will be available for release. The next two (2) FOI request inline for review are voluminous. Right now I am still in the process of reviewing over 2000 emails for one of those FOI request.
I apologize for the delay, I'll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to check in with me periodically if you would like an update as to the status of your request

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota,

There are nine (9) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 07/13/2016. At this time I cannot give a specific time frame as to when responsive material related to your FOI request will be available for release. The next two (2) FOI request inline for review are voluminous. Right now I am still in the process of reviewing over 2000 emails for one of those FOI request.

I apologize for the delay, I'll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to check in with me periodically if you would like an update as to the status of your request.

Thank you,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are twelve (9) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 7/28/2016. I am still in the process of reviewing an FOI request that consists of over 2000 emails. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.
Thank you,
NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are nine (9) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 8/12/2016. I am still in the process of reviewing an FOI request that consists of over 2000 emails. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are nine (9) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 8/29/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.
Thank you,
NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 9/13/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Good Morning Mr. Sirota:

There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 9/28/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Good Morning Mr. Sirota:

There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 10/13/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Good Morning Mr. Sirota:
There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 10/28/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.
Thank you,
NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 11/14/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are eight (8) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 11/29/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are seven (7) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 12/14/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are seven (7) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 12/14/2016. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist
Legal Division
DECD

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are seven (7) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 1/13/2017. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are seven (7) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your FOI request as of 1/30/2017. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause, I’ll do my best to get the materials to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

NOTE: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Bakanas, Lisa G

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are six (6) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016 FOI request as of 2/16/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.
Sincerely yours,

Lisa G. Bakanas
General Counsel
Department of Economic and Community Development
505 Hudson St.
Hartford, CT 06106
• (860) 270-8185
7 (860) 270-8016 (fax)
Lisa.Bakanas@ct.gov

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From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are six (6) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016 FOI request as of 3/3/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016 FOI request as of 4/5/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016, FOI request as of 4/20/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016, FOI request as of 4/20/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.
Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Knight, Crystal would like to recall the message, "Connecticut Freedom of Information Act Request: Cigna -- Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (First Five grants)".

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016, FOI request as of 5/5/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.
Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016, FOI request as of 5/22/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.
Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.
Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:
I am in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your FOI request submitted on May 11, 2016, for statutory exemption. There are two (2) FOI request that are ahead of your request that will need to be reviewed by DECD’s General Counsel for release.
Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Bakanas, Lisa G

Dear Mr. Sirota:
Crystal Knight is in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your FOI request submitted on May 11, 2016, for statutory exemptions. There are two (2) FOI requests that are ahead of your request that I am in the process of reviewing before release.
Sincerely yours,

Lisa G. Bakanas
General Counsel
Department of Economic and Community Development
505 Hudson St.
Hartford, CT 06106
• (860) 270-8185
7 (860) 270-8016 (fax)
Lisa.Bakanas@ct.gov

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From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

There are two (2) Freedom of Information ("FOI") requests ahead of your May 11, 2016, FOI request as of 07/06/2017. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Note: I am in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 6/20/2016 request per your conversation with Assistant Attorney General John Langmaid on June 9th, 2017.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 5/11/2016 FOI request.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 5/11/2016 FOI request.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am still in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 5/11/2016 FOI request.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am still in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 5/11/2016 FOI request.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 270-8225
(F) (860) 270-8016

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From: Knight, Crystal

Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am still in the process of reviewing the responsive material regarding your 5/11/2016 FOI request.

Please note: It is DECD’s policy is to review freedom of information requests in the order that they are received.

Sincerely yours,

Crystal Knight
Paralegal Specialist 3
DECD, Legal Unit
(P) (860) 500-2324

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