Should Attleboro Appeal ARA Court Decision?

Should the city/Attleboro Redevelopment Authority continue to put up a fight, or is it time to call it quits and accept the decision?

Word came out late Friday afternoon that a Bristol County Superior Court judge had sided with the state Civil Service Commission's 2011 decision and ruled the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority had wrongfully fired two staff members nearly three years ago. The judge ordered the employees be rehired and receive back pay, including benefits and interest (a total their attorney says is at least $600,000).

If you take the weekend off from local news and need to catch up, go to read the article about the ruling and all the relevant documents.

City Solicitor Robert Mangiaratti says the judge's decision includes "several legal issues" that would be the basis for an appeal. The employees' attorney says any objective person is going to reach the same conclusion as the judge did.

What do you think? Is this something worth appealing? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Gretchen Robinson July 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
"stane" was supposed to be "state" as in "state your thoughts clearly." Glad for the chance to make that correction. I have had my days of attacking the person but I'm learning. It's counterproductive plus it's not how I want to represent myself here, because I'm not argumentative by nature. I'm a peacemaker by nature. I think we'd do well to stick to the issues. The person is not the problem and doesn't deserve to be attacked. If you are uncertain, admit it. If you change your opinion during a discussion, even a couple times as I did earlier, admit it. This is a medium where it's very easy to take or give offense and get people's backs up.
Dolly July 25, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Dumas, LaCasse, Kirby, Cook and Blais broke the law. It was not the citizens of Attleboro. No matter if MM was competent or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to terminate someone. They choose the illegal way. Vote them out! And fire LaCasse. Get one of these 5 to get you the dollar amount the city (taxpayers) have spent defending lawbreakers.
paul July 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The City should settle this mess once and for all. Another judge is not going to overturn this conclusion. Make them an offer with a severance package so we don't have to re-visit this saga again. On the same day, file bankruptcy protection for the ARA to protect the taxpayers from anymore future claims.
Daniel F. Devine July 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Kirby has his eye on the Mayors position, (ain't going to happen)
Jerry Chase July 31, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Blueskies, The Bowman Report (Civil Service Comm.) details how that it was K. Dumas who approached J. Robbins with the idea of being appointed to the ARA Board, after the former governor's appointment, Maguire Heath, refused to agree to the mayor's plan(s) and thus refused a re-appointment to the ARA Board. So while it might seem to be "a stretch", Mrs. Robbins was indeed appointed by the governor PER THE MAYOR'S REQUEST. This is per the Bowman report that has unrefuted testimony on this and other related matters.


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