Councilman Matthew Reilly resigns as chairman of Cranston Republican Party, says mayor

Cranston police share this booking photo of Matthew Reilly.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Cranston’s Mayor Kenneth Hopkins announced Councilman Matthew Reilly resigned from his position of chairman of the Cranston Republican Party.

The mayor made the announcement in his first public comment following Reilly’s arrest Monday.

“My hope is Matt will get whatever care and attention he needs for his own well-being,” the mayor said in a release.

“I agree with Council President (Jessica) Marino that everyone should allow the court system and judicial process to work towards an appropriate resolution,” he continued.

Marino also issued a statement on Tuesday, saying in part, “The news of Cranston Republican Party Chairman Matthew Reilly/ Ward 6 Councilman Matthew Reilly’s arrest and criminal charges are very concerning and disappointing.”

Reilly remains on the city council at this time.

Police said at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, someone signaled to an officer in the area of Pontiac Avenue and Marine Drive about a man who looked like he was choking.

The officer saw the man, later identified as Councilman Matthew Reilly, appearing to have a medical episode. The officer noticed Reilly, 41, was holding a glass pipe and a lighter

Reilly was charged with one count of drug possession and was arraigned by a bail commissioner and released pending a court appearance on June 15.

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