Trying to figure out who loves the farce more, the Warwick Democrats or Mayor Avedisian when a candidate like Richard Corrente wants to run for the city's mayoral seat. Doesn't Warwick have at least one man or woman with the backbone that's needed to turn this city around for the better? Stop sending in the political candidate clowns.
Corrente's slogan is "Cut taxes...Cut Spending." It's now time for him to put up or shut up and show us how he intends to do it. Be specific Mr. Corrente, no generalities. Standing in roadways with a big smile on your face flapping your hand at cars passing by just doesn't cut it.
The City Council will have their next meeting on Nov. 20th where the general public can address the entire City Council on any matter affecting the taxpayers. Nobody can ever remember Richard Corrente ever once addressing the Council on any issue. We all know Corrente has castigated the School Committee for years for not reaching a settlement with the teachers union. Well now, it's Mr. Corrente's chance to lay out his plan to "Cut Taxes, Cut Spending' in light of the new lucrative teacher contract deal. Please do spell it out Mr. Corrente as to how you will be "cutting."
It is now purported the teacher's "tentative agreement" will drain $3.8 million from Warwick's rainy day fund this fiscal year alone. That's over a 20% hit. That amount will be compounded every year going forward by virtue of the 3% salary increase. Warwick's maximum tax increase is approx. $8 million a year for all city services. The personnel costs for both city workers and school dept. is approx. between 85% to 90 % of their budgets. That doesn't leave much room for cuts. I'm sure we all can't wait for Corrente's answer on how he will cut taxes based upon the above facts. The taxpayers will be listening attentively on Nov. 20th for Corrente's overview.
It would also be appropriate that Mr. Corrente address another big issue regarding his personal finances. It appears, after being provided the documentation, that Mr. Corrente has quite the alleged list of fiscal failures following his long trail of alleged delinquencies and litigation. A City spread sheet of his late fees on taxes for property owned totals $8267.79. Can you imagine if he was in charge of the city's pension payments? The people of Warwick await Mr. Corrente's response to these allegations at City Hall at the podium, into the mic, on November 20th. It all goes back to someone's honesty, integrity, and character when it comes to running for public office.
Again, stop sending in the political candidate clowns.
I mean really now Warwick Democrats... why haven't you ever just had Avedisian change his political affiliation?