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Council Puts Pressure on Mayor's Office for Ticket Blitz Answers

City Councilman Paul Archetto.
City Councilman Paul Archetto.
The City Council got a pledge from the mayor's office Thursday night that Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung will sit down for a private meeting with City Council members to brief them on the ongoing so-called ticket blitz investigation and other issues surrounding the state of the Cranston Police Department.

Despite the promise to shed light on matters in a to-be scheduled executive session meeting, council members on the Finance Committee still approved a resolution that calls for the mayor to appear before the council to answer questions about the overnight parking ticket investigation. 

They also approved measures that ask for the state police to provide a report to the City Council on their findings on both the parking ticket probe as well as a variety of unspecified "issues" in the department, mostly relating to personnel matters.

Some members of the council said the mayor's office has left them in the dark in recent weeks as the overnight parking ticket scandal rages on and the state police continue to simultaneously run and investigate the Cranston Police Department.

Cranston's Chief of Staff, Carlos Lopez, said the holidays, snowstorms and other unforeseen circumstances caused the cancellation of a leadership meeting between the mayor and the City Council President last month, and there has been no concerted effort to withhold information from the council.

Instead, Lopez pushed back against accusations from Councilman Paul Archetto, who said it's "another example of the shroud of secrecy" in the mayor's office.

"I am available 24/7," Lopez said, noting that not one council member called him since the scandal erupted before resolutions were made and council members spoke to the news media. 

Lopez said the mayor can't just publicly divulge details about ongoing investigations and chided the council for what he characterized as grandstanding in front of the TV cameras that were in council chambers Thursday night.

"I'll stand here right now and I'll bet my career on this," Lopez said. "The mayor is a man of integrity, this administration is one that works in an honest and efficient manner and to have [the resolutions] like a public document is unsettling and more importantly disappointing that you'd think that lowly of the mayor and this administration."

At one point during the meeting, the City Council's lawyer and the deputy city solicitor were at odds over whether the resolution should be voted on in the first place.

And not all council members are were on board with the resolution. 

Don Botts voted against it and said the council should let the investigation run its course and that Archetto's statements about alleged police misconduct presumed guilt.

"Why have an investigation then?" Botts asked.

Councilman Michael Favicchio — not a member of the Finance Committee — asked why the rush?

"Why in the world can't we wait until we get a report or the mayor gets a report? Favicchio asked. "Why do we need to rush to get every bit of information when we haven't gotten a complete report? Is it because of the media? Is it because the mayor is running for governor?"

This story will be updated later on Friday.

For complete coverage of the issue, see:

Police Union Lawyer Says Ticket Blitz was Conicidence, not Retribution

Lawyer Joseph Rodio Sr. said it was pure chance that the neighborhoods of two City Councilmen were hit with an overnight parking ticket blitz the night they voted against a new union contract.

ACLU Files Open Records Request over Ticket Blitz

Request focuses on police captain and union president's use of personal cell phone the night of the "ticket blitz."

Police Chief put On Paid Leave

State Police are conducting a broad review of the department's operations in the wake of an overnight parking ticket scandal.

Councilmen Say Their Wards Mass-Ticketed in Retaliation for Police Contract Vote

After voting against a new police contract, Councilmen Steve Stycos and Paul Archetto say their wards were targeted by a rash of tickets in retaliation.

Fung: "I Do Not Condone Any Type of Intimidating Behavior"

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung has responded to allegations of abuse of power at the Cranston Police Department over a flurry of parking tickets that two city councilmen say were issued in retribution against their votes.

Map of Tickets Appears to Support Councilmens' Claims

According to this map of addresses where tickets were issued in the hours following the contract vote, there appears to be plausible evidence to support those claims.

Were you ticketed? Here's the List

Look closely and click "download PDF" next to the image to check out the addresses.

Fung Taps Independent Investigator to Review Police Ticket Blitz

Cranston Mayor Fung announced that he has hired a private investigator to review the police department's own internal review of "allegations of improper use of police authority," according to a release.

ACLU Says Review of Ticket Blitz Investigation Doesn't go Far Enough

The RIACLU is asking Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung to launch a full-scale independent investigation.

Stillhouse Stevie January 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM
@PMarindola, I hear that under every stone there is a Henry, Antonucci or Ryan tugging on their collars pointing to Palumbo. LOL
Melody Cassel January 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Well, I see that nothing has changed at CPD-still the same bunch of whiners throwing crap & threats around but not having the stones to reveal themselves. Oh, no, wait - they have - it's the ever-present "anonymous" snakes, rats & cowards crew. Just sayin', Mel Cassel
Stillhouse Stevie January 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Oh Mel, don't be angry or sad. This is what the current CPD "leadership" & union "leadership" has brought CPD down to, State Police control and investigation. Don't be sad that you endorsed Palumbo. We learn from our experience. Right?
Becca February 05, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Whos hiding? Besides the truth prevails!

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