Cup of (Pro) Jo: April 20, 2011

The City Council presented a report today revealing that former Providence Mayor Cicilline did not “deal ‘honestly’ with the city’s financial challenges.” Gary Sasse, City Council financial adviser, worked alongside internal auditor Mathew Clarkin to find that the mayor did not appropriately confront economic issues during his term. Cicilline faced the national recession and a 19 percent decrease in state aid, but Sasse and Clarkin reported in a briefing on Tuesday that the administration failed to submit a corrective action plan “when the city was clearly experiencing fiscal stress.” Sasse and Clarkin also said the mayor did not implement “four of the nine budget directions outlined in Providence’s Home Rule Charter.” The report, presented at City Hall today, recommends that the city appoint a non-governmental audit committee to keep an eye on charter deadlines and make an accounting procedures manual.

Bancorp Rhode Island, the company that owns Bank Rhode Island, has agreed to be bought by Brookline Bancorp, a greater Boston bank. Brookline Bancorp said Bank Rhode Island locations will “remain intact” and keep their names. Malcolm G. Chace, chairman of the Bancorp Rhode Island board of directors, said he is happy the groups have combined and expects good returns from this decision.

Providence Police Detective Robert R. DeCarlo admitted in trial today that he stuck a handcuffed suspect in the head three times while he held a flashlight. The suspect sustained an injury to the head that needed eight staples to close. The assault took place in October 2009 in a College Hill parking lot on a Luis A. Mendoca. The trial is now in its ninth day.

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