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 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.
(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.
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.
“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.’”