Baldelli-Hunt says rough estimate of cost to taxpayers on removal proceedings around $100K

This is an image of a hearing at the Woonsocket City Hall, Oct. 4, 2022 (WLNE)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Ousted Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said Thursday an initial rough estimate on the cost to taxpayers for the removal proceedings is around $100,000.

The now former mayor provided the initial rough estimate less than a day after the city council voted to remove her from office.

Prior to the removal, Baldelli-Hunt criticized the council for the move and raised the issue of the cost to taxpayers.

According to recent agendas, the city council hired two attorneys to represent them in the proceedings at a cost of $225 an hour for each attorney.

It was not publicly posted what rate the attorneys representing Baldelli-Hunt received.

The hearing that spanned three days consisted of roughly 11 hours of testimony and more than two hours of deliberations before the council voted 3-2 in the early morning hours Thursday to remove Baldelli-Hunt from office.

Prior to this week’s hearing, the proceeding was put on hold twice and the state Supreme Court weighed in on the matter, ultimately deciding the removal hearing could go forward.

Council President Daniel Gendron is the now the interim mayor and said at the hearing he would not take the pay raise associated with being mayor.

ABC 6 News has reached out to Gendron and Council Vice President John Ward for the their initial estimates on the cost and are awaiting a response.

Baldelli-Hunt is running unopposed in November’s election and in all likelihood will return to office in December.

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