NEW: Pawtucket Mayor-elect: Receiver’s Report ‘Far-Reaching’

Friday, December 17, 2010


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The Central Falls receiver’s suggestion that the cash-strapped city be merged with Pawtucket has met with strong skepticism from Pawtucket Mayor-elect Don Grebien.

“The report of the Central Falls receiver made public today contains a suggestion of a potential wholesale 'takeover' of the City of Central Falls by the City of Pawtucket,” Grebien said in a statement released this afternoon. “This is a far-reaching suggestion that goes well beyond the conversations that my incoming administration has had to date with the Central Falls receiver, which have focused on possible regionalization of some services that Pawtucket might be able to perform more efficiently for Central Falls.”

Grebien said his first priority as incoming mayor would be to deal with his own city’s financial troubles—in 2011 he is facing a nearly $13 million budget deficit.

He said a merger between the two cities would require “much greater discussion and in depth study of all related issues.”

“My incoming administration, in its due diligence, will continue to examine such issues, including any recommendations being made by the receiver, as part of that process,” Grebien said.


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