Central Falls lawmakers want meeting with governor

Lawmakers in Central Falls are asking for a meeting with Gov. Lincoln Chafee after a series of NBC 10 reports raised questions about the city receivership.

NBC 10’s investigation revealed high salaries, allegations of nepotism, and one City Hall executive who was fired from her old job after she was secretly profiting from another company.

Lawmakers are now demanding answers.

“When I heard about and saw your report, it brought a lot of concerns. And I think there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered,” said state Rep. Agostinho Silva, D-Central Falls.

Silva and other lawmakers from Central Falls are trying to meet with Chafee about Gayle Corrigan.

Corrigan is the chief of staff at City Hall, running her own company to help clean up the city’s broken finances and reporting directly to state-appointed receiver Robert Flanders. For their services, Corrigan and another employee make $26,000 a month. The fees come from taxpayers.

NBC 10 reported that Corrigan was fired from her previous job as the chief financial officer of Senesco Marine in North Kingstown. Documents show her bosses at the ship and tugboat building company discovered she was secretly profiting from another business.

NBC 10 also reported that Corrigan’s mother, Patricia, was also fired after bosses accused her of forging her daughter’s timecards. Both women began working months later at Central Falls City Hall.

“We need to be sure that we have people that we can trust. So, if these allegations are true, I mean it’s not good. Not good at all,” Silva said.

NBC 10 has also learned that certain friends and their children have received jobs at City Hall. The City Council is ready to hold a special meeting.

“We’re going to approach the judge (Flanders), to have her step down, put her out,” City Council President William Benson said.

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2012/feb/20/central-falls-lawmakers-want-meeting-governor-ar-939158/

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