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RI Senator calls for firing of transit chief

April 23, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A state senator is calling for the firing of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's chief executive, citing litter at the Kennedy Plaza transit hub in Providence.

Sen. John Tassoni says Monday that Kennedy Plaza is "starting to look like a dump." He blames RIPTA CEO Charles Odimgbe's (oh-DIM'-way's) decision to layoff maintenance employees.

The Smithfield Democrat says Odimgbe has failed to handle the transit agency's budget problems. Tassoni says RIPTA should have eliminated higher paid middle- and upper-management positions before considering service cuts or the elimination of maintenance workers.

Odimgbe did not immediately respond to attempts to reach him Monday.

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence is the city's main bus hub.

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