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Ethics board to investigate complaints against mayor, councilors

October 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue investigations of complaints against Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and two city councilmen.
Baldelli-Hunt was accused by former City Council President John Ward of violating the nepotism section of the Code of Ethics by hiring her 16-year-old son and members of his baseball team for part-time jobs with the city’s Public Works Department doing clean-up work such as sweeping sidewalks. The openings, which paid $10 an hour, were not advertised to the general public.

City Council tables Mayoral Academy for work session

October 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Local residents and educators once again called on the City Council Monday night to take action against a proposed 400-student mayoral academy charter school in the city, but only gained a tabling of the matter to a future work session.

City Council members Christopher Beauchamp led the move to table a council resolution instructing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to withdraw her name and support from the proposed school that ended the panel’s discussion Monday evening on a 4-3 vote.

McKee's budget adjustment unanimously passed by Cumberland council

October 19, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel J. McKee will be able to leave office in January knowing that savings from his work to revise the town’s costs for police retirement and healthcare benefits have been applied to the local budget.

McKee, a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 4 general election, was given that sendoff by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Town Council last week, one of the final times the current panel will be acting on local budget matters before a new council is also sworn in.

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Mancieri hit with ethics complaint

October 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri became the fourth elected official to face an ethics complaint in less than three weeks on Thursday.

The Ethics Commission’s Senior Staff Attorney Katherine D’Arezzo said the director has preliminarily accepted a complaint against Mancieri for further review.

It will be up to the full commission to determine whether the complaint will be held for further investigation, but it’s unclear whether the matter will be taken up at the next meeting, on Monday.

Blood relative to visit Woonsocket

October 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – If you’re thinking of donating blood, you might as well have the spirit of Dracula looking over your shoulder – you know, just to get in the mood.
That’s one reason Dacre Stoker will be the featured speaker at a special Halloween-season blood drive sponsored, in part, by the Rhode Island Blood Center at the Museum of Work and Culture on Friday.
Dacre who?

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