Taveras wants reform of disability pension laws

By News Staff

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The City of Providence is trying to change local and state law to prevent convicted murders and people serving life sentences from getting their pension.

“If you commit a crime like this we are not talking about a misdemeanor, we're talking about a crime taking someone's life.  You commit a crime like that you forfeit your right to receive a pension,” said Mayor Angel Taveras.

In 2008, James Pagano of Cranston was shot and killed by Nicholas Gianquitti.  Gianquitti, who is a former Providence police officer, is in prison convicted of murder.  He was given a disability pension in 1992.  Mayor Taveras says he doesn't deserve it.

“Money that is paid to anyone is the public's money and that's the way that I look at it,” said Taveras.

The City Council will hear the proposed ordinance next week and the state legislation is already in committee.