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."