RIPR News
6:41 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Fernandez announces bid for AG

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General candidate Joseph Fernandez says he'll take a tough stand against corruption if he's elected this year.

Fernandez was formerly the city solicitor in Providence. He points to how he led the effort in that office to strip former police chief Urbano Prignano's $59,000 a year pension.

"My office went into action, found a legal way to do it, persuaded the retirement board to revoke his pension, and those results were a clear victory over the kind of corruption that Rhode Island politicians have tolerated for far too long," Fernandez said.

Prignano had acknowledged in federal court that he helped police officers cheat on promotional tests.

Fernandez yesterday announced his campaign for attorney general. The other Democrats running for AG are Peter Kilmartin and Steve Archambault.