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Candelora Receives FOI Award for Efforts Aimed at Government Transparency

Posted on September 14, 2021


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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information on Tuesday gave its Bice Clemow Award to House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora of North Branford and Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. The award, named after a former West Hartord-based newspaper editor who drove implementation of the state’s Freedom of Information laws, was presented jointly to both lawmakers during a luncheon held in Hartford at Elizabeth Park. In his remarks about Candelora’s work, Council President Mike Savino cited the 86th District representative’s “abiding commitment” to FOI, describing the House Republican Leader’s successful efforts to reject proposals during the 2021 legislative session that would have eroded the state’s open records regulations. Additionally, Savino recognized Candelora’s efforts to push legislation that sought to bring greater transparency to public-private partnerships while also subjecting quasi-public agencies to FOI regulations.

Candelora represents the 86th House District serving residents of North Branford, Guilford, Durham and Wallingford.