Since James Diossa’s swearing in as Mayor of Central Falls, his former seat on the City Council has sat empty. Steven Corrales is running unopposed for this seat in a special election this March 26th. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s Jehane Samaha reports, time is running out for Central Falls voters to register.
The tiny city of Central Falls is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country, even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.
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.
(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.
Everything pales in comparison to the horrific news today from Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed more than two-dozen people, including 20 children. Governor Lincoln Chafee says state officials have offered to assist their counterparts in Connecticut . . . . Here's my countdown for the week:
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.
City Councilor James Diossa has by far the largest war chest among the 4 Central Falls mayoral candidates who have filed updated campaign finance reports. Five hopefuls are set to square off November 6.
As Charles Moreau yields the mayor’s office in Central Falls in advance of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, city councilor James Diossa is seriously considering a run for mayor, sources tell RIPR.