Newly-elected mayor prepares for first snow storm

FALL RIVER, Mass (WPRI) – Preparations are underway across southern New England ahead of this weekend’s anticipated storm.

Some city and state officials are adjusting their travel schedules accordingly.

Newly-elected Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He has a flight booked to come back on Saturday and says he’s now trying to move that flight up to beat the storm.

Correia says, “Many of my fellow mayors down here all, the mayor of Providence all the way to mayor of Attleboro and Brockton and New Bedford, we’re all in communication in strategies how we can get out of here a little bit sooner.”

This could end up being Correia’s first major snow storm since taking office, he tells Eyewitness News, he’s inheriting a snow budget of one-million dollars.

Last year, he says his city had a half-million dollar snow budget and they ended up spending six times that.

Correia says, “We really gotta look at strategies for snow removal and budgets.”

Mayor Correia says new this year, the city will put GPS’ on their plows so they can monitor where they are and know which streets have been plowed.

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