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Indicted Fall River Mayor May Face Ouster By City Council

A Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies now faces ouster from office.

Fall River City Council President Cliff Ponte on Monday asked Mayor Jasiel Correia to step down.

Ponte says the full council will consider a measure Tuesday to temporarily remove Correia from office and install Ponte as acting mayor.

It would take seven out of nine council votes to oust Correia.

In response to Ponte's proposal, Correia recommended that the council review all official mayoral actions.

The 27-year-old Correia, first elected as the city's youngest mayor at age 23, showed up for work Monday three days after pleading not guilty to federal charges including bribery, extortion and wire fraud.

He denied the new charges outside of court.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speaks beside his attorney Kevin Reddington outside the federal courthouse in Boston Friday after his appearance on bribery, extortion and fraud charges. Correia pleaded not guilty. (Philip Marcelo/AP)
Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speaks beside his attorney Kevin Reddington outside the federal courthouse in Boston Friday after his appearance on bribery, extortion and fraud charges. Correia pleaded not guilty. (Philip Marcelo/AP)

It was the second time Correia had been federally charged.

The council may also take up a proposed amendment to the city's charter that would fundamentally change the city's governance structure. It would replace the role of the mayor with a hired city manager who could be removed by the city council.

Next week, the mayor will face off with two challengers in a preliminary race that will place the top two vote-getters on the general election ballot in November.

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