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NEW: Cranston Police Union Attorney Blasts Fung Proposal

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Following the announcement Thursday morning by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung that he would be looking to eliminate city police captains from union ranks, Cranston Police union attorney Joe Rodio responded to the proposal.

"There's a snowball's chance in hell of that happening," said Rodio.

Fung called for Cranston Police Captain Steven Antonucci to be terminated following the investigation into the ticketing scandal from last November that had been under investigation by the state police.

Antonucci also served as President of the Cranston Police Union, which prompted Fung's pronouncement that police leadership should be involved with the union.

Rodio followed up by saying, "What the Mayor is doing is an unfair labor violation. He can't unilaterally negotiate."

Rodio continued, "The union and the city just negotiated for 2012-2013. The city never put on the table the issue of captains being part of the union. We'll be going to interest arbitration on the contract for the terms and conditions."

Block Campaign Responds

"If this is a conflict of interest, Mayor Fung's just suddenly discovering this now? He's been Mayor for six years. He's had six years to deal with this," said Jeff Britt, campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block.

"During his tenure at city hall, he's reversed all of Mayor Laffey's reforms," Britt continued. " It's not like he's a new Mayor, and just found corruption? The Chief was appointed by him. Captain Antonucci was appointed by him."

"If he wants to use conflict interest as an argument, he should not be negotiating contacts from people he was taking money from at the same time," said Britt, referring to the uncovering by GoLocal of police contributions to Mayor Fung.


Related Slideshow: Cranston Police Contributions to Allan Fung

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Lt. Stephen Antonucci

12 contributions from Vito Antonucci, City of Providence, Public Properties Division, Chepachet RI. Made from 2008-13 total of $825.

  • 6/16/08 $100
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 8/22/08 $50
  • 8/22/08 $50
  • 9/20/08 $100
  • 9/20/08 $100
  • 3/07/09 $100
  • 5/18/09 $100
  • 9/13/11 $100
  • 9/29/13 $100


8 Contributions from Michelle Antonucci, 60 Pine Ridge Drive, Cranston (PayChex Inc. of EP as employer).  Made from 2008-2013 for $1,060.

  • 6/19/08 $100
  • 8/06/08 $150
  • 8/06/08 $150
  • 9/23/08 $50
  • 9/23/08 $50
  • 4/16/09 $200
  • 10/26/10 $60
  • 10/03/13 $500


2 Contributions from Gail Antonucci, 119 Woodview Drive, Cranston (Homemaker)

  • 6/18/08 $100
  • 5/18/09 $100


contributions from Kevin Antonucci, 70 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston (City of Cranston)

  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/28/08 $150
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Lt. Alan Loiselle

9 Contributions in name of Alan Loiselle, 20 Eastgate Drive, Warwick (City of Cranston as employer)

  • 6/5/08 $186.83 (In-kind, listed as “Hardware and supplies for headquarters”)
  • 6/16/08 $200
  • 6/23/08 $53.37 (In-kind, see above)
  • 7/28/08 $150
  • 7/31/08 $133.36 (In-kind, “Building materials and supplies”)
  • 5/18/09 $100
  • 9/16/08 $127.12 (In-kind, “Building equipment and supplies”)
  • 8/30/10 $100
  • 10/24/10 $50


1 Contribution from Robert Loiselle, Loiselle Insurance Agency, Pawtucket.

  • 10/29/08 $100


1 Contribution from Martin Loiselle, retired, 180 Potters Ave., Cranston.

  • 6/16/08 $100
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Lt. Carl R. Ricci

7 contributions from a Carl R. Ricci, 76 Northview Ave. Cranston (Phred’s Drugs as employer)

  • 8/20/09 $300
  • 8/30/10 $100
  • 10/30/09 $125
  • 2/25/10 $150
  • 2/23/11 $150
  • 2/21/12 $150
  • 2/21/13 $150


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Captain Sean Carmody

2 contributions from Sean P. Carmody, 129 Allens Ave. Cranston (City of Cranston employer)

  • 9/21/08 $100
  • 10/08/08 $200

10 contributions from Melissa Augaitis, 10 Basil Crossing, (Employer, Perspectives Corporation)

  • 6/16/08 $200
  • 3/26/09 $100
    2/25/10 $300
    8/30/10 $250
    10/17/10 $200
    2/23/11 $200
    2/29/12 $150
    6/3/13 $250
    6/25/13 $250
    9/29/12 $500

1 contribution from Maureen Carmody, same address, no employer

  • 7/28/08 $100


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Chief Marco Palombo

4 Contributions in name of Michelle Palombo, 4 Jennifer Circle, Cranston (homemaker)

  • 9/18/08 $50
  • 9/13/11 $150
  • 6/25/13 $200
  • 7/22/13 $200

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Public sector unions need to go....

Comment #1 by Jimmy LaRouche on 2014 04 03

I'm still looking for an answer of how the ticket writing was a "scandal". From all the reports no tickets were issued to residents legally parked.

As I commented on an earlier article, Why would the Law Enforcement of the city think this would cause a hassle to the Council Members, do these Council Members regularly fix tickets? If I get a ticket for illegal parking, my first thought is not to call my Council Member. If Council Members do fix tickets, I'm thinking that would be the scandal.

As far as getting rid of Police Captains, there's a whole bunch of assistances to assistances in government that should go first.

Comment #2 by Wuggly Ump on 2014 04 03

Looks like Union lawyer Joe Rodio and Ken Block's campaign manager Jeff Britt are in cahoots together! Interesting...

Comment #3 by Rhodey Rhodes on 2014 04 03

They recommended termination, and Mayor Fung proposed a solution to help prevent it from happening again. That's what you want from a leader. I think Mayor Fung handled it admirably.

As to the constant negativity from the Block campaign, I think we're all getting tired of it.

Comment #4 by Brandon Hawk on 2014 04 04

Mayor Fung shows leadership and decisiveness, something that we need in RI. He took it through all of the steps to have the problem vetted out by state police and he came down on the chief/union leader as necessary.
It's all about leadership, something this state has little of and Fung just showed once again he is out to make his city better for the citizens of Cranston. Just imagine if we had that attitude in the Governor's office.

Comment #5 by Gary Arnold on 2014 04 04

Only in RI, would a system be set up where the leaders of cities, towns and states, cannot fire or discipline public employees for wrong doings.
That's what happens when you get in bed with unions.
Another reason why RI is a disgrace and should have it's own statehood abolished. Never had any leadership, and never will.

Comment #6 by pearl fanch on 2014 04 04

The abuse of power in this case is disgusting and no one argues the legality of parking tickets. people making that point are dense. The abuse of power is the issue and clearly Antonucci abused it and should be fired.

Comment #7 by michael riley on 2014 04 04

For Pete's sake,the tickets were issued to residents iwho were llegally parked.
Selected enforcement,sure,but a scandal,no.

Comment #8 by mark malachi on 2014 04 04

I find it strange that every time their is an article regarding Allan Fung on this GoLocalProv site it's negative press. No article on his new budget unveiled this week that wouldn't hike tax rates in his city ? I also notice you haven't done a Governor's Race Score card in a couple weeks...why ? Only positive press on Fung ? Waiting for the negative...I'm sure you folks know how blatantly obvious this has been. Why is it that you have a Block campaign response in this article ? And of course the link to an article about donations...is Jeffrey Britt on your payroll ? Is Ken Block ? Are they donors to your site ? There must be some connection between the Block campaign & GoLocalProv .... what is it ...

Comment #9 by Steven S on 2014 04 05

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