State Receiver Robert Flanders ’71 continues to cut costs in an attempt to rescue the ailing city of Central Falls from bankruptcy. His latest measure revokes a 2010 deal with Mayor Charles Moreau that provided retired Police Commander Rudolph Legenza with full medical coverage for the rest of his life. Last week, Flanders and his team discovered that that unlike all other active and retired firefighters and cops, Legenza was not required to pay 20 percent of his healthcare costs.
The state is petitioning the Rhode Island Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that state employees have a contractual right to pension benefits. Judge Sarah Taft Carter ruled in favor of unions opposed to 2009 and 2010 state pension reforms Sept. 13. Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and the state Employees Retirement System have argued for the public importance of the pension cuts, but it is unclear whether the Supreme Court will hear the case.