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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — After city councilor voted him temporarily out of office, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is refusing to leave.
Correia is currently facing several federal charges, including extortion. The mayor has denied these allegations.
Fall River City Council voted 8-to-1 to have the mayor leave office earlier this week. City Council President Cliff Ponte was made acting-mayor.
“I’ll be here on Monday. I’ll be here if I need to on the weekend. I’m still doing my duties as the mayor of the city of Fall River,” Correia told WBZ-TV Friday.
Acting-Mayor Cliff Ponte said that if Correia does not resign, he will seek legal action.
“We don’t have to go to court. We don’t need to use tax payer dollars to fight this in court if the mayor could just resign from his duties as mayor, and we can move forward,” Ponte said.
Correia is currently seeking re-election. Fall River residents will vote on Tuesday.