The lists below show Warwick firefighters who took numerous sick days but were still paid out the maximum amount of days for perfect attendance. The data also shows all of the amounts of overpayments made, based upon how many sick days were taken vs. how many unused sick days were paid for.
In 2015, firefighters who had perfect attendance (zero sick days taken) were eligible to be paid a maximum amount of 12.48 sick days.
In 2016 & 2017, firefighters who had perfect attendance (zero sick days taken) were eligible to be paid a maximum amount of 15 sick days.
These calculations are based upon four separate city documents obtained via a public records request which include: accountability sheets, unused sick pay reports, sick day data reports, and the firefighter employee's record of sick time.
The calculations for the over payment of unused sick time to Warwick Firefighters for 2015, 2016 & 2017 totals: $247,850.60.
This figure does not include the data that is still missing, and it does not include the payments made in error for retirees. End of career payouts are being calculated at 75% of the persons full bank, and not at the cap of 140 days. Payouts are calculated to as much as 161 days.
Here is an example of how the system is abused: David Mahoney had perfect attendance up until the last month of the calculated year. He then took off 11 sick days in the last month and was still paid for perfect attendance at the rate of 15 days or $3517.93.
The last 2 records of sick leave sheets below (note: record keeping done in pencil, you can even see the eraser marks)...the bottom calculation of total payout shows they were paid out in excess of what they should have been. The contract stipulates an end of career payout of no more than 75% of 140 days. These sheets show that the contract was violated. These are just a couple of examples and there are dozens more of discrepancies
FYI- the last Advanced Life Support rescue the City of Warwick taxpayers purchased cost, $243,000. So if the Warwick Fire Department is looking for a new rescue vehicle, all the firefighters have to do is cut reimbursement checks back to the City of Warwick for their unused sick time overpayments, and then a new rescue and firetrucks can be purchased.
(The lists are in Patriotic American Flag red white and blue colors.)
RIDEM Sends Notice of Intent To Enforce (NIE) to Cowesett Hills Apartments LLC for Septic System Violations -Will be Fined Up To $1000 Daily If Not Resolved In 10 Days
Warwick Watch followed up today with the Warwick Sewer Authority regarding the continuous, ongoing smell of noxious sewer emanating from the Cowesett Hills Apartments property located at 3595 Post Rd. The problem still has not been remedied, and now the apartment complex faces fines of up to $1000 per day if they don't take care of the situation within 10 days of receiving the NIE which was mailed out on July 26, 2018.
Warwick Watch filed a complaint with the Warwick Sewer authority back in July. The smell of sewer coming from the Cowesett Hills Apartment complex stinking up the Post Rd/ Apponaug area has been going on now for months!
Five Members of the Warwick City Council & Acting Warwick Mayor Continue to Ignore Their Fiduciary Responsibility to the Warwick Taxpayers ~Warwick Watch
"In my 25 years of public service, I've never been threatened and I've never done anything for my own self gain or self interest. It will not occur now, not at this stage of my life., not at my early stage of life, not at this stage of my life.. because myself like my colleagues on this city council will do what's right for the taxpayers. It's about public service not self service. It's about dollars and cents, not powerful people that can influence or put you in a place you should be in. I don't go for that, that's not why I'm here, that's not why any of you are here." ~Acting city of Warwick Mayor, Joe Solomon to the Warwick City Council, February 2018.
Joe, you just ended that 25 year streak.
The Warwick City Council members didn't even bother to read in their entirety, the last 3-year Warwick union contracts Municipal-Police-Fire- before voting on them. That included then city councilman Joe Solomon who voted for them, and then advocated again this past Monday night to kick the city debt can down the road another 3 years. ..
Your sell outs on the city council that voted to ratify Avedisian's negotiated police and municipal 3 year union contracts: Jeremy RIX, Ward 2 (changed his vote and caved, he initially was against approving the ratification of the contracts, but then when he realized it would be a tie vote, 4-4, he changed his vote at the last minute and caved (the rats in his ward have bigger backbones), Donna Travis Ward 6 Oakland Beach (never disappoints the unions)- Freshman Stephen McAllister Ward 7, Freshman Timothy Howe Ward 3, and Joseph Gallucci (last year on council) Ward 8, all voted on 3 year, 2.75% salary increases for municipal and police union contracts costing Warwick taxpayers almost $3 million.
Council President Steve Merolla Ward 9, along with councilmen Ed Ladouceur Ward 5 and Richard Corley Ward 1, voted against ratifying the contracts.
Also keep in mind the ongoing disputed teacher contracts as the WTU will also be suing the City for an additional $4-$8 million, and the recent contract ratification did not include the Warwick Fire Dept. contract. The City of Warwick is also currently facing two lawsuits by the Warwick Fire Dept. The Warwick Fire Union just can't rake in enough from the Warwick taxpayers, they want more...more...more...and the City unions could all care less that the City of Warwick is currently facing a $52 MILLION dollar budget shortfall. Those 5 City Council members voted to spend more, and to continue to extort taxpayers with no 5-year budget plan ready to give to the state as requested, and with no audit results in yet from the RI Expenditure Council.
Warwick Watch guarantees- the city union retirees will all pay the price one day when their pension checks are cut significantly and they have to start paying for their own healthcare. You can count on it, so enjoy it while it lasts....
Warwick taxpayers get ready....next year after the completion of the property tax revaluations--- we will be paying big-time taxes- yet again!
This also went out a short time ago to the City Council via email:
Dear council members,
"I have attached the link of my testimony at the ratification hearings last night during the finance committee hearing. Please scroll to the testimony which begins at the 1:42:00 mark. You will see freshman councilman McAllister on the right of the committee. Note that he refuses to make any eye contact while I am making my testimony and questioning financial issues. The reason for this is that this council member promised (by text message) to contact me several times prior to the meeting to review fiscal documents and never returned my calls.
Councilman McAllister has been privy to all of the documentation pertaining to the fraud scheme of sick time manipulation of the Warwick Fire Dept. for 2 years. He met with me prior to his first campaign and I actually was instrumental in getting him elected by 4 votes. He met with me several times during the lats 2 years reviewing documents that clearly showed a pattern of fraud, yet did nothing about it. Now Mr. Mcallister has pandered to the unions and ignored his fiduciary responsibility to his constituents. Mr. Mcallister has forgotten that in view of the fact that a potential fraud scheme has been repeatedly brought to his attention, and as an elected official that he has refused to take any action on the documents, that he now becomes a party to the offense.
Mr. McAllister, the freshman council member, turned against his own senior committee chairman, ignored the actuarial testimony, publicly pandered to the unions to support ACTING MAYOR SOLOMON, and voted to ratify union contracts in the absence of the necessary financial reports.
This behavior needs to be challenged and accounted for."
Rhode Island Makes Changes to Laws to Maybe Reduce Animal Abuse Incidents, But Still Much More Work To Do. ~Warwick Watch
"Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill aimed at stopping animal mistreatment.
➡️The bill was inspired by a dog breeder in Warwick who was criticized for tethering pit bull-type dogs outside in order to acclimate them to cold temperatures.
"You have to keep the dogs in the cold somewhat so that they can get used to it,” the dog's caretaker, Clifford Dennis, told NBC 10 News in December 2017. “Six to eight hours is usually what they stay before we put them into the trailer with the wood stove."
There was an exemption for hunting dogs under the old law, but the new law removes that exemption. Rep. Patricia Serpa, a Democrat who represents District 27, was one of the sponsors of the bill.
"For too long, those animals near Kent Hospital had been out in the cold, out on a day like this, tethered by a chain, with what I call a substandard dog house," Serpa said.
It's a move the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was glad to see.
"He was tethering his dogs 24 hours a day, but he claimed an exemption under the hunting statute which is no longer a blanket exemption," said Joe Warzycha of the RISPCA.
The dogs were ordered to be removed from the property in April after the city found several zoning ordinances had been violated.
The new law also sets stricter guidelines for how and when dogs can be tethered.
"Now, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., a dog cannot be tethered outside for more than 15 minutes,” Warzycha said. “(That) makes enforceability much easier for us."
🛑An earlier version of the bill prevented animals from being kept outside for more than 15 minutes whenever there's a weather advisory or warning issued, but that clause was removed by state senators."
SO WE STILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO AND WILL RAISE HELL ONCE AGAIN UP AT THE STATE HOUSE NEXT YEAR TO CHANGE THE LAWS SO THAT IT'S ILLEGAL TO LEAVE ANY ANIMAL OUTSIDE (ESP DOGS WITH SINGLE COATS) WHEN THE TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING.
GREAT, DON'T TETHER A DOG FROM 10PM-6AM BUT KEEP THEM OUT THERE DURING THE DAY NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE? YES, MAKES A WHOLE LOT OF NONSENSE, BUT HEY, HERE IN THE STATE OF RI, IT'S NO SURPRISE.
HOW IGNORANT AND UNEDUCATED ARE THE CURRENT RI SENATORS!!?? VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!! MAYBE A NEW CROP WILL GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME?
IT'S WHY THE PUBLIC MUST STAY VIGILANT AND KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE REPEAT ANIMAL ABUSERS WALKING AMONGST US EVERY DAY, MOST LIKELY STILL ABUSING AND EXPLOITING INNOCENT ANIMALS TO FULFILL THEIR OWN SELFISH, NARCISSISTIC, AND EVIL LIVES.
Democrat Candidate for RI Senate District 29, Jennifer Rourke, Racist and Sexist Tweets Show Exactly Who She Really Is ~Warwick Watch
Earlier this week, Warwick Watch asked the question and it was confirmed by Rourke that this is her old Twitter page and her Tweets. The Tweets speak for themselves. She also delted her comment when she stated it was easier to get a CCW than it was to get a job. Considering she found her sugar daddy before a CCW, Rourke is nothing more than another uneducated shill candidate. This is the last thing Rhode Island needs from this Massachusetts native.
Sabrina Dimezza, spay violation-- pit bull- "Nina".
Christopher Hogan- neuter violation- pit bull "Duke".
Abid Hameed- dangerous dog and unvaccinated animal violations.
Ashley Kosman- , loose husky- 2nd offense.
Joseph Negri- loose dog, 2nd offense.
Ericka Vasquez- loose husky ,1st offense.
On May 9, 2018, the Warwick Planning Board unanimously approved a new car wash at 1555 Warwick Ave (old Copperfields lot) Mr. philip D'Ercole from "Friends of Warwick Ponds" submitted a letter of opposition to the Planning Board, that letter is included below.
Mr. D'Ercole who opposes the car wash, lives along the banks of Warwick Pond that has been negatively impacted by algae bloom outbreaks and phragmites overgrowth (slowing pond draining), since the TF Green Airport runway extension and Winslow ball field developments.
Mr. D'Ercole contends that the carwash development is "not the ideal type of development next to a DEM regulated pond" and "there is no guarantee that the carwash and site will not generate phosphorus, the problematic nutrient attributing to the algae blooms and eutrophication of ponds." (see full opposition letter below). Mr. D'Ercole also advises that the project should include public vehicle access for the loading and unloading of boats for those that wish to continue the tradition of fishing in Spring Green Pond.
Presently the city of Warwick has $900 million in unfunded liabilities between pensions, healthcare, and bonds. For example, every employee leaves with free lifetime healthcare. A healthcare account functions much like a pension fund. The participants pay into it, the monies are invested at a return, and the fund is self perpetuating. Can anyone guess how much money is in the Warwick healthcare fund? $0. That's right, zero dollars, not a penny, yet there is a $310 million dollar liability for the current retirees. That debt will only continue to grow. Fire 1 has a $314 million dollar unfunded liability. The list goes on.
Schools and roads are in deplorable conditions. The city assets are declining and our liabilities are increasing. These are facts which are easily substantiated. The unions will now say that they had a great year and 3 of the 4 pensions are funded at or above 75%, however, the historical rate of return is about 5.8%, yet we are calculating our debt ratio based upon a return of 7.5%.
The city Lease purchase program is maxed out, yet the fire department wants to buy 3 pieces of apparatus and somehow write it off to next year's budget while the expenditure is actually on this year's balance sheets.
The previous finance director Ernie Zymslinski put forth a fiscal note on PCR-74-15 which indicated that the 3 year increase to fire fighter unused sick pay bonus under the new contract was $182,800. The actual 1 year impact was $649,421 - a slight miscalculation.
But there's more:
The Warwick Fire Dept. was recently caught destroying financial related documents that by state law, are required to be retained for 3 years. This resulted in 2 state agency investigations by the SOS and the AG's offices. It culminated in a team of people coming to the WFD and bringing in the chief, his executive staff, and the mayor's staff to "TEACH" them how they are supposed to retain documents. As of last week, criminal proceedings have not been ruled out.
The fact is that just because your garbage is picked up on time and water comes out of your faucet, it does not mean that the city is running as lean and efficient as possible. Several cases of theft have been brought to litigation, waste and abuse is evident, no GPS in any vehicle, and taxes continue to rise.
Virtually every line item in the budget pertaining to senior services has been cut. Senior center has been closed, the side street winter sanding program eliminated, lifeguard staff reduced, summer work jobs program, all positions given to current employees kids, no postings in the paper. Pension spiking has been evident in a number of cases.
These are issues that you must pay attention to. Unfortunately, the city council chambers is empty at meetings. The general public needs to fill the chambers. But we hear every excuse in the book as to why people don't come to meetings and as to why they don't care.
The bottom line is that you get the government that you deserve. We should all vigorously challenge our elected officials and ask questions. Union members will try to belittle you if you ask questions and bring up valid points. Too bad, my money pays their benefits.
Here's one question for everyone. Guess how many holidays the city pays for and can you name them?
~Warwick taxpayer, Rob Cote
Latest RI State Police Arrests 4/27/2018 Child Porn, Warwick Lawyer Charged with 10 Counts of Embezzlement/Stealing $1.2 Million from Clients
From the RI State Police Press releases :
On April 25, 2018, members of Major Crimes and Computer Crimes/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Ronald L. Chabot, age 50, with no address, for the following:
1) Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; and
2) Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Chabot was arraigned in Sixth Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge Capraro, where he was issued $1,500.00 surety bail for each charge and held as a Superior Court bail violator.
On April 26, 2018, members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Joshua M. Lessard, age 38, of 1125 West Shore Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, for Transfer of Child Pornography. Mr. Lessard was arraigned in Third Division District Court before the Honorable Associate Judge McCaffrey, where he was issued $15,000.00 personal recognizance bail with special bail conditions of limited internet access and no contact with minors.
Former Warwick Lawyer for Embezzlement 4/23/2018: Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the State Police Financial Crimes Unit today arrested a Warwick lawyer who had been disbarred last summer after self-reporting the theft of more than $1.2 million from clients.
Vincent J. Mitchell, age 57 of 36 Mapledale St., Unit B, Coventry Rhode Island, was arrested earlier today on an Affidavit/Arrest Warrant charging him with 10 counts of Embezzlement and Fraudulent Conversion over $100.
The investigation was the result of a voluntary admission Mr. Mitchell made to the Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Disciplinary Counsel last August, saying he had taken $1,207,233 from 10 clients for unauthorized personal use.
Mr. Mitchell, whose law practice in Warwick had centered on estate planning and long-term healthcare planning, was summarily disbarred.
The case was turned over to the Rhode Island State Police for investigation.
Attorney Mitchell was arraigned at the Sixth Division District Court on April 23, 2018, and was released on $100,000 personal recognizance.