FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Insistent that City Council has no authority to remove him from office, embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia showed up for work at Government Center Monday morning.
Fall River City Council last week voted 8-1 to temporarily remove Correia after his second arrest in less than a year. Correia, 27, who is currently free on $25,000 bond, is accused of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana vendors. He’s also facing federal fraud charges.
“Came inside, no issues at all,” Correia told reporters after returning to work.
City Council President Cliff Ponte last week said he would be acting mayor beginning Monday morning.
“His tendency seems to be to deflect what’s really happening,” Ponte said of Correia.
Amid this power battle, Correia is set to face off against two mayoral hopefuls in a preliminary election Tuesday.
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Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco are running against the incumbent mayor, with the top two candidates moving on to the general election on Nov. 5.
Pacheco is a fundraising director at a nonprofit and is a self-described community advocate.
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