FALL RIVER, Mass. - A Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies has been temporarily ousted from office.
The Fall River City Council voted 8-to-1 Tuesday night in favor of appointing Council President Cliff Ponte to temporarily replace Jasiel Correia as acting mayor.
Council President Cliff Ponte read a letter asking for Fall River Mayor Correia’s removal.— John Monahan (@JohnMonahanTV) September 10, 2019
President of City Council says:
Mayor was arrested for 2nd time in two months.
I think would be prudent to put on the record why he should step down.
His ability to lead is damaged. pic.twitter.com/ojD9psW7Wc
Ponte had asked the 27-year-old to step down on Monday.
In response to Ponte's proposal, Correia recommended that the council review all official mayoral actions.
Only one City Councilor voted not to remove Mayor Correia. Steven Camara says one is presumed innocent until proven guilty despite overwhelming charges vs the mayor.#Boston25 pic.twitter.com/ZKPDSMEpWY— John Monahan (@JohnMonahanTV) September 10, 2019
Even before the vote, Correia said he'd be back at work on Wednesday.
Correia, who became the old mill city's youngest mayor when he was elected in 2015 at age 23, showed up for work Monday three days after pleading not guilty to federal charges including bribery, extortion and wire fraud.
He denied the new charges outside of court.
It was the second time Correia had been federally charged.
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