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Cranston mayor asks state police to investigate ticket scandal

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CRANSTON, R.I. -

After hearing allegations that the Cranston Police may have been ordered to hand out a higher than usual number of parking tickets in two particular wards in the city as potential retribution for the representing councilors ‘no vote' to a union contract, the two interested councilors took action.

Paul Archetto is a Cranston Ward 3 Councilor. On Thursday night he told NBC10, "We were planning to present a resolution that I and councilman (Steven) Stycos of Ward 1 had introduced pertaining to the ‘ticketing blitz' to request the Rhode Island State Police come to Cranston to investigate the matter."

But the concerned city councilors never had a chance to present that resolution, because Mayor Allan Fung did the work for them, announcing he'd would, in fact, ask the State Police to investigate the alleged ticket scandal at a last minute news conference on Thursday.

Mayor Allan Fung said at the podium in front of several media outlets, "Upon learning that more allegations were made last week, I made the decision to contact the Rhode Island State Police and ask for their assistance in that matter."

But regardless of how, or when the decision was reached to bring the Rhode Island State Police on board with the investigation, those interested councilors say they're just glad it's happening.

Outside the council meeting, Councilor Archetto told NBC10, "I think the most important point is that we have an outside, non-biased, objective body to come here to Cranston to look at what happened and find some answers. I hope we eventually have answers, we find the truth, we find who's responsible, and at that point it's the mayor's decision as to what has to be done."

Mayor Fung agrees.

He said, "Let me be clear, let me be really clear to all of the residents of Cranston, if these allegations prove true, I am not going to tolerate any intimidation or harassment of any residents or any individuals in the city under my watch. And if these allegations are true, any individuals will be held accountable."

The Mayor says assistance from the Rhode Island State Police will negate the need for the private, independent, former FBI agent consultant from New Jersey the city was planning to hire.

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