Taveras seeks end to ex-Cianci official’s pension

In this June 18, 2002, file photo co-defendants Frank E. Corrente, left, and Richard Autiello, right, walk to federal court in Providence, R.I. A proposal before the Providence city council would automatically reduce pensions for felons like Corrente, who was convicted of corruption in 2002 but given a partial pension allowance for his first 20 years in city government. (AP Photo/ Joe Giblin)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court to close the book on whether the city’s convicted former director of administration should receive a pension.

The Providence Journal reports that the Taveras administration asked the court Thursday to overturn a Superior Court judge’s ruling awarding Frank Corrente a $22,231 yearly pension. The judge upheld the Retirement Board’s conclusion that Corrente should receive a partial pension for his years as controller that involved no wrongdoing.

Taveras wants the pension revoked entirely.

The Retirement Board is challenging Taveras’ authority in the case.

As top aide to then-mayor Buddy Cianci, Corrente was seen on video taking a bribe in evidence collected as part of an investigation.

Corrente’s pension payments have been suspended since his 2002 conviction on six counts, including racketeering.

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