Central Falls

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Feb 13, 2013

Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is being sent to prison.  Plastic grocery bags may be banned in Rhode Island.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for accepting gifts from a man who received lucrative city contracts.  Moreau will leave behind a wife and two young sons when he reports to prison March 4th.

Charles Moreau’s hands trembled as Judge Jack McConnell handed down his sentence: 24 months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a hefty fine.  

State police have charged a Central Falls clerk with embezzlement. The clerk in the finance office is charged with taking thousands of dollars in fines collected by the city’s Municipal Court.

The city’s finance director noticed discrepancies, did an audit, and discovered that over a period of time a total of $13,620 in cash and checks were transferred to collections clerk Joyce Tager but never deposited into the city’s bank account.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jan 28, 2013

It seems there are some similarities between a fire in a Brazilian nightclub over the weekend and the one in RI at the Station Nightclub a decade ago.  There's a call to end high stakes testing that will determine whether students can graduate.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Catherine Welch

Once again the Central Falls receiver will try and meet with the full city council. It’s a chance for the receiver’s office to walk elected officials through a five-year plan guiding the city back to financial solvency.

Three city council members have skipped a handful of earlier meetings. Council president William Benson Jr. is one of them. He says there’s no legal reason why he should meet and go over the plan, so don’t expect him there Monday night.

The mayor of Central Falls says he’s working with the city council president to bring receivership to and end. Council President William Benson Jr. is one of three council members who refuse to meet with the receiver’s office to go over a five-year plan guiding the city out of bankruptcy.  The councilors and receiver’s office are in a legal battle over when the receiver should leave.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A Superior Court judge has ordered the two sides wrangling over control of Central Falls to take the matter up in mediation.

An attorney for three city council members says the time limit on receivership is up. But the receiver says state law allows him to decide when it’s time to leave.

Theodore Orson, the attorney for the city’s receiver, says the receiver wants to resolve the matter quickly and supports mediation. Orson says mediation will likely begin in early February.

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A Superior Court judge will meet Wednesday with the two sides wrangling over control of Central Falls. Attorneys for the state-appointed receiver say by state law it’s up to the receiver to decide when it’s time to step away. But a lawyer representing some city council members says the time limit on receivership is up.

New mayor to be sworn-in for central Falls

Jan 1, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI)
Central Falls is celebrating not only a new year, but a new leader as well. City Council member James Diossa  will be sworn in as the city’s first Latino mayor Tuesday. The ceremony will take place at six pm at Central Falls High School.
Diossa won decisive victories in both a primary and general election to lead the impoverished Rhode Island city, which just emerged from bankruptcy. He replaces Charles Moreau, who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and is awaiting sentencing.

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James Diossa, the mayor-elect of Central Falls, says he hopes to raise the level of investment in the city by restoring confidence in its municipal government.

During an interview broadcast this morning on RIPR, Diossa said:

James Diossa, the mayor-elect of Central Falls, says EngageRI should disclose its contributors in the interest of transparency.

“I’m all about open [government] and honest and transparency, so I believe it should be open,” Diossa said during a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable. The segment will air during Morning Edition at 5:40 and 7:40 on Friday.

James Diossa’s victory in the Central Falls’ mayoral race is part of a broader emergence of Colombian-Americans in Rhode Island’s political scene.

“It’s the holiday season,” as the song goes, and what’s December in Rhode Island without another Statehouse-tree related controversy? Mull that over along with my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are welcome, as always at idonnis [at] ripr [dot] org.

Pointing to some well-publicized snafus during last week’s election, Central Falls mayoral candidate James Diossa is encouraging the state Board of Elections to go with the current eight polling places in the December 11 mayoral election, rather than cutting the number to two.

Diossa, in a news release, says the CF Board of Canvassers has proposed cutting the number of polling places:

James Diossa has landed the endorsement of RI’s senior senator, Jack Reed.

Via news release:  

“I am supporting James because I know that he is the right leader to turn Central Falls around and lead it to a bright new future,” Senator Reed stated.  “I have walked the streets of Central Falls with him and I trust that he will be a strong advocate for the people of his city.”

Reed said that, “this coming Tuesday is a critical election and I hope you will stand with James Diossa, a candidate who truly embodies the city’s motto of ‘a bright future.’”

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