By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A top aide for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he sought information from the Department of Motor Vehicles about low-number license plates on behalf of a newspaper columnist and did not realize the information was protected by federal and state privacy laws.

Senior communications adviser Roy Occhiogrosso told The Associated Press Friday that he was contacted by a Hartford Courant columnist and asked to get information about dozens of coveted low-number license plates issued to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, her family and supporters.

Occhiogrosso says Malloy’s chief of staff ultimately retrieved the list of registrations from the DMV and Occhiogrosso forwarded it to the columnist.

The state Republican Party chairman called it “frightening and disturbing” privacy laws, which carry criminal fines and civil liabilities, were violated. Occhiogrosso says he was unaware the information was protected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. Jim says:

    Ignorance- The top people in state claim that the protections of civil liberties they have used to allow criminals in the legislature to exist is unknown to Malloy’s best people? What a crock! They are going after Rell’s appointees and claim they are looking after the state, but they stuff gov’t with new positions of unskilled cronies! Why don’t you look at the real crooks and “publish” the list of all state elected, appointed that have DUI’s, outstanding taxes, criminal convictions. That is info the citizens could use!

  2. phil says:

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    Book em Dannel.

  3. DRKCPA says:

    If he is the Senior Communications Advisor, shouldn’t knowing the laws regarding protected information be one of the minimum requirements for the job.

  4. Ralph Thayer says:

    “Occhiogrosso says he was unaware the information was protected.” Ya, sure. No more than an abject partisan stumbling over hisself in attempt to embarrass the other side. That he won’t be fired tells us something much more important about this governor than license plates might ever tell us about the last.

  5. Bruno says:

    Tom Gaffey claimed to be unaware as well and he was convicted of larceny. Same old Dems

  6. linda says:

    So far I see comments regarding Malloy’s people knowing the law – what about the employee at the department of motor vehicles – shouldn’t he or she know the law – snd if they did why did they release the info – shouldn’t this person be held accountable no matter who made the request?

  7. Bill says:

    So, let me get this right. Rell and her band of thieves got low numbered plates, and Malloy and hus bigger band of thieves is crying foul? Now if I walk into DMV and ask for the same list they will escort me out of the building. I say lock u both sides and lets go back to the old way the state operated under the trusted hand of John Rowland.

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