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Alicea is critical of ethics challenge


April 13, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, is sounding off against the Southbridge Evening News for filing a complaint against him with the state Ethics Commission.

"It is unfortunate that the local newspaper seems to be more concerned with creating controversy where there is none for the sake of a front page story, rather than promoting and supporting what is in the best interests of the community," Alicea said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

Alicea also claimed the complaint, as well as another this newspaper filed alleging the Council violated the state Open Meeting Law, was slowing negotiating to relocate the branch.

The Southbridge Evening News filed a complaint last week with the Ethics Commission after Alicea participated in an executive session meeting of the Southbridge Town Council Monday, April 5 to discuss relocating a branch of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles back to town.

While no one said what solution was discussed, officials have been discussing, in public forums, moving the RMV into the Casaubon Senior Center on LaRochelle Way. The senior facility would move into the Community Center/Armory on Chestnut Street.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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