Woonsocket City Council to decide if allegations warrant mayor’s removal

This is a photo of Woonscoket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. (WLNE)

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The Woonsocket City Council will finally meet Tuesday to decide if allegations against Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt warrant her removal.

Last month, City Council member Denise Sierra filed a complaint against the mayor, saying she mismanaged city funds.

Baldelli-Hunt denied the claims and said that she believes the claims were made during an election year as a way to thrust her out of office. ABC6 News asked the mayor about tonight’s vote while she spoke at the grand opening of the new Woonsocket Education Center, and she called the investigation a waste of taxpayer dollars and

“This is politically driven as well,” Baldelli-Hunt said. “I want to tell the residents of Woonsocket that when you elect individuals, they are elected to lead, and they are elected to represent you. They have to put their differences aside, their personal feelings should not be interfering with their leadership.”

Governor Dan McKee also commented on the potential removal of  Mayor Baldelli-Hunt, who he called his friend before either was in office.

“Hopefully that doesn’t happen,” he said. “I’m happy to be working with Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. That’s why we’re here in Woonsocket today.”

The council canceled two previous removal hearings to give both sides more time to gather information before making any testimony.

The mayor told ABC 6 News, “They feel this is a great waste of taxpayer dollars — needing to hire attorneys representing me, attorneys to represent all my staff who may be subpoenaed to have to speak. Those are taxpayer dollars, hard-earned dollars, that we are utilizing for attorneys fees.”

A big turnout is expected at Tuesday’s meeting.

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