Ethics Complaint Against N. Prov. Mayor Dismissed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has voted to dismiss a complaint against North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi.

The commission, acting on the recommendation of a staff prosecutor, found Tuesday there was no probable cause that Lombardi had committed an ethics violation.

The complaint accused Lombardi of awarding no-bid contracts, totaling more than $400,000, to a construction company that was also hired to replace a roof on a commercial building owned by the
mayor.

Commission prosecutor Dianne Leyden said in a report that there was no evidence that Lombardi participated in the awarding of the contracts to the company, Polisena Construction.

A phone message left at Lombardi's office was not immediately returned.

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