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Napolitano reluctant to rate Laffey

Cranston Mayor Michael T. Napolitano seemed a bit surprised during a taping of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers this morning when I asked him to evaluate the accomplishments and mistakes of his colorful predecessor, Steve Laffey. Napolitano responded by saying he is correcting some of Laffey's mistakes, but he was reluctant to get into detail.

Laffey's record in Cranston can be expected to get considerable attention during his all-but-announced 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Closer to home, Napolitano faces a mayoral challenge this year from Republican Allan Fung and possibly a Democrat.

In other news, Napolitano defended the city's $1.9 million buyout of the Cullion concrete plant at a time when Cranston's schools face a $4.9 million shortfall to close the year.

Also appearing on Newsmakers this week are Representative Joe Trillo (R-Warwick) and former lieutenant governor Charles Fogarty, who talked about the state budget, corruption, and the presidential race. The show will be broadcast Sunday at 5:30 am on Channel 12 and at 10 am on Fox 64.

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