EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — There is a race for mayor in Rhode Island’s second largest city. Richard Corrente is running as a Democrat in Warwick.
Corrente was in studio live during Eyewitness News This Morning at 8 on Fox Providence.
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Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: Why did you decide to run for mayor?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: “Well, we’ve had taxes go up every single year for 16 years. I’ve watched 5,800 tax payers leave our city. I’ve watched 4,666 businesses close and leave our city. Citizens Bank just relocated over 1,000 employees. I’m tired of it. We have to make a change and my platform is simple. I want to cut taxes, I want to cut spending.”
Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: Mayor Scott Avedisian has served nine terms. How do you plan on beating him?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: “By making the reverse of what he’s doing. He’s had a lot of political kickback jobs that have bought him a lot of votes. But, I’ve 80,000 angry taxpayers on my side that are taxed beyond all reason. We’re going to cut taxes. We’re going to cut spending.”
Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: What kind of proof do you have to support your allegations?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: “We’ve watched those jobs increase every single year. And the taxpayers are paying the salaries, they’re paying the benefits, and they’re paying the pensions of all of those people. And that’s why taxes keep going up.”
Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: One of the issues facing Warwick right now is the school systems. There’s a consolidation effort underway. Teachers are working without a contract. What would you do to remedy the school system in Warwick? How would you work to address improvements?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: “Well, the present mayor has a present hands-off policy. I’m going to have an I care policy. The budget for the school department has cost the taxpayers over $1 billion since 2009. And today we have teachers with no contracts, we have students with no Chromebooks, and we have a mayor that doesn’t know what it’s like to be a family man. He doesn’t know what it’s like to have a wife, or children, or homework, or parent-teacher conferences. I’m going to bring my style of leadership into the mayor’s office. I know what it’s like to have a wife. I know what it’s like to have children. And meet with their children and do the homework and go to the soccer games. And I will have a stronger relationship with the school department.
Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: To be fair, students are receiving Chromebooks in Warwick. I’m a parent of a student who has one. So, your goal is trying to get more of them?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: We need a $1million to give the rest of the students Chromebooks. We found $3.3 million in a reserve that hasn’t been used for 17 years and the school department wouldn’t release $1 million of it to buy the Chromebooks so we could have Chromebooks for all of our students.
Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North: Where can people find more information about you?
Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente: My website, correntemayorwarwick.com
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is also a frequent guest on Eyewitness News This Morning.
We are working on getting in touch with Mayor Avedisian Thursday, so he has an opportunity to respond to Corrente’s comments.