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Unveiling the Shadows: The Allen Street Sewer Upgrade and the Transparency Gap in Representative Peter Tercyak's FOI Responses

In a revealing analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests directed at State Representative Peter Tercyak's office, a disturbing discrepancy has come to light, raising significant questions about the transparency of legislative communications. This discrepancy is particularly pronounced in the case of key information found in similar FOI requests made to State Senator Rick Lopes’ office, where group emails, inclusive of both legislators, were shared.


These group emails, crucial in outlining legislative priorities for New Britain, including important projects and funding details, were conspicuously absent in the documents released from Rep. Tercyak’s office. Notably, an email dated December 13, 2022, from Mayor Erin Stewart, addressed to a group of legislators including Sen. Lopes, Rep. Sanchez, Rep. Turco, Rep. Manny Sanchez, and Rep. Tercyak, detailed a range of significant financial undertakings. This included pending grants such as the Hazardous Mitigation Grants, updates on grants awaiting state reimbursement for projects like the Gaffney Elementary School, and new funding requests, including the NB FLUSH project and the PAL Building Renovation.


However, the issue that demands particular public attention is the Allen Street Sewer upgrade, a project of substantial community impact, hinted at in these communications but not fully disclosed in the responses from Rep. Tercyak’s office. The Allen Street Sewer project, critical for the infrastructure and health of the community, is a matter where transparency is not just beneficial but essential. The public's right to know about such pivotal community projects cannot be overstated.


The lack of full disclosure is not a trivial concern. It strikes at the very core of democratic governance, where transparency is not merely a bureaucratic ideal but a foundational necessity. The withholding of information, particularly on community-impacting projects like the Allen Street Sewer upgrade, can lead to a breakdown in trust between the public and their elected representatives. This impedes informed public discourse and civic engagement, both vital elements of a functioning democracy.


This situation calls for a robust examination of the methods employed by elected officials in disseminating information. It underscores the need for a commitment to transparency that goes beyond the routine release of documents. In a society where public scrutiny is a cornerstone of governance, ensuring that constituents have complete access to information, especially on issues as critical as the Allen Street Sewer upgrade, is not just a responsibility but a prerequisite for maintaining public trust and effective governance.


State Representative Peter Tercyak's Response:

20211221115429-Re 2022 Legislative Memo
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20130123151212-FW Bonding priorities
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20210111113444-2021 Legislative Memo
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20210716112558-Copy of Bond Request List 2021.xlsx
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20190110114624-10.29.18 Legislative Priorities 2019 Final
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State Senator Rick Lopes' Response:


20230925142316-Fwd PROTECT Grant application
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20230926132600-FW PROTECT Grant application
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20210418173400-RE Lopes bond requests 2021
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20210716112558-Copy of Bond Request List 2021.xlsx
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20230811134753-MDC Sewer Backup Prevention & Reporting
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20221213125402-FW Delegation Agenda
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20211221115427-Re 2022 Legislative Memo
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20211214140806-Re Bonding
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20210416210401-Fwd Lopes bond requests 2021
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20210310155500-FW Bond Request List
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20210331175300-Lopes bond requests 2021
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20210331175000-Lopes bonding requests
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20210331174409-bonding
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20210310155429-Bond Request List
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20210310160036-Re Bond Request List
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20180323141327-FW New Britain Legislative Priorities 2018
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20210310155429-Bond Request List
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20180925155142-Rick Lopes, 24th Dist. Introducer Co-Sponsor Index Record
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20180321182127-Re HB 5574
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20191219162959-2020 Legislative Priority List New Britain
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20190110114624-10.29.18 Legislative Priorities 2019 Final
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20180321145857-RE HB 5574
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20170125165436-Follow up to New Britain 2017 Legislative Priorities
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20180124103949-New Britain Legislative Priorities 2018
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20120323170259-RE nb bond requests
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20140328133820-Re New Britain Bonding
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20121022154857-Fwd Allen Street Sewer Upgrade
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