Mayor of Fall River refuses to leave office after City Council vote
It was business as usual Wednesday in Fall River as Mayor Jasiel Correia was back at work, fulfilling his mayoral duties, after the City Council voted to temporarily remove him from office.
Wednesday, September 11th 2019, 6:35 PM EDT by
Wednesday, September 11th 2019, 9:46 PM EDT
FALL RIVER, Mass (WLNE) - It was business as usual Wednesday in Fall River as Mayor Jasiel Correia was back at work, fulfilling his mayoral duties, after the City Council voted to temporarily remove him from office.
The City Council voted 8 to 1 Tuesday night (link Brittany’s story), after Correia was arrested for the second time in less than a year. He’s facing 24 federal charges, from wire and tax fraud, to extortion.
Correia spent the day Wednesday campaigning on radio stations and returned to his office by mid afternoon.
He addressed reporters at City Hall, saying he will not be backing down.
“I’m not resigning as the mayor of the city of Fall River.”
The City Council gave him until Friday to turn over the keys to the Mayor’s office.
“I will leave the building and go home like every other city employee, and I will campaign all weekend like I do, and then I will be back on Monday morning at 9 AM,” said Correia.
“I think it’s pretty despicable, you know he’s a man of position, trusted position and power. To be accused of abusing it, it’s not a good thing,” said Fall River resident Alan Strickland.
Correia gave the approval for a legal battle to ensue over the vote, signing a letter from Joseph Macy of the city’s Corporation Counsel.
“As Mayor, I’m going to agree to allow them to have counsel at the city taxpayers expense, unfortunately, to try and get a judge to agree that eight people can override the votes of thousands of voters.”
Fall River’s preliminary election is set for Tuesday. Correia’s name is still on the ballot.
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