Mayor Elorza wants to strip President Aponte of power
Exactly a week after Providence City Council President Luis Aponte faced a judge on felony charges including embezzlement, Mayor Jorge Elorza is looking to take away his power.
"He's lost the authority to lead and we're going to make sure that he's President in name only,” said Elorza.
The Mayor's harsh words coming two days after Aponte's refusal to step down, even after 12 of his colleagues took a vote of no confidence against him.
"I like every other citizen is entitled to the presumption of innocence and to due process,” said Aponte on Monday.
The Council President has told us on numerous occasions that he does not believe he’s done anything criminally wrong.
City Councilor David Salvatore releasing a statement reading in part, "The City Council has a moral and ethical obligation to remove the powers of City Council President Luis Aponte."
Salvatore saying changes to the city charter must be made.
Mayor Elorza telling us, the law department is assessing all of their options; specifically saying he wants to re-direct power to the majority of the council.
"The law department is doing some research for them and looking at not only ordinances, the charter, but also their own city council rules to see how it is they have to structure it, what votes they have to take so majority does indeed rule,” said Elorza.
There is another vote scheduled for Thursday before the full council. That one is a resolution asking for President Aponte to resign.
Aponte's lawyer told us no comment on the Mayor’s latest comments. Our call to Aponte went unreturned.