Central Falls City Council Meets, Discusses Bankruptcy

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) – The Central Falls City Council has held its first public session in more than a year just days after a state receiver filed for bankruptcy on the struggling city's

Council President William Benson Jr. has sparred with receiver Robert G. Flanders for months over whether the five-member panel may meet. The council was demoted to advisory status after the
state stepped in last year.

At the Thursday night session, Benson largely deferred to Flanders, asking what role the council could play during bankruptcy proceedings. Flanders said he would consider ideas the council has
for balancing the city's budget.

Flanders filed for bankruptcy Monday. The city has $80 million in unfunded pension obligations and a $5.6 million deficit.

The meeting lasted only 20 minutes and contained no public comment.

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