Central Falls

RI News
3:09 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Central Falls clerk charged with embezzlement

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.

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Morning News Podcast
9:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Monday, January 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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RI News
1:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Central Falls city councilor sees no reason to meet with receiver

Central Falls City Council President William Benson Jr.
Credit 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.

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Politics
8:02 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Central Falls mayor working on ending receivership

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.

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RI News
9:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The tug-of-war over Central Falls heads to mediation

(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.

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RIPR News
6:08 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Wrangling over who controls Central Falls heads to court

(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.

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Politics
10:35 am
Tue January 1, 2013

New mayor to be sworn-in for central Falls

(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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On Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Diossa: restoring trust is the key to raising investment in Central Falls

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:

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On Politics
4:47 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Diossa says EngageRI should disclose its contributors

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.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Diossa’s win highlights Colombian-Americans’ emergence in Rhode Island’s political scene

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.

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