Rep. Cicilline breaks silence on growing scandal at ProCAPNovember 16th, 2011 at 10:00 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
“Those responsible for operating this agency are expected to be responsible stewards of these public funds and must be fully accountable,” Cicilline told WPRI.com in a statement. ProCAP’s board has “the responsibility to provide proper oversight to this organization, and the full review of the agency’s operations by them is clearly warranted,” he said.
On Tuesday, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras fired three members of the ProCAP board who were appointed by Cicilline – City Council Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas Narducci, Joseph Caffey Jr. and Raymond DeTorre Jr. – after they refused to terminate Frank Corbishley, its executive director of 20 years, over alleged management failures.
Cicilline’s statement arrived shortly after the campaigns of his two Republican opponents in next year’s congressional election weighed in on the scandal. Former State Police Col. Brendan Doherty didn’t mention Cicilline directly but said ProCAP and other scandals “have destroyed public trust in Congress and in our entire government.”
Former State Rep. John Loughlin is still overseas serving in Iraq, but his spokesman Mike Napolitano criticized the former mayor for refusing to answer reporter’s questions about ProCAP when the news broke Tuesday. Cicilline is in Washington and took part in a House floor debate on Wednesday.
“Once again Congressman Cicilline dodges questions that have anything to do with the nightmare he left behind in the city of Providence,” Napolitano told WPRI.com. ”I think this speaks directly to his character and he can not be trusted by the voters.”
Cicilline did not join Taveras and Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, who chairs ProCAP’s board, in asking Corbishley to resign. But he noted that ProCAP is a taxpayer-funded agency, with 96% of its $16.4 million in revenue coming from government grants in 2009-10, according to IRS filings.
“This agency has the responsibility to provide assistance to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and relies upon government funding to do much of this work,” Cicilline said.
More coverage of the Providence Community Action Program scandal on WPRI.com:
- Mayor Taveras sacks Narducci, two more at ProCAP (Nov. 15)
- Emergency meeting will review ProCAP’s ‘troubling’ finances (Nov. 9)
- Nonprofit tied to Providence’s leaders probed (Oct. 24)
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