Petition to recall Fall River mayor garners enough signatures, council president says

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Boston, Oct. 12, 2018. (WJAR)

The organizers of a petition to recall the embattled mayor of Fall River, Jasiel Correia II, said Wednesday they have more than enough verified signatures to force a recall vote.

Organizers told NBC 10’s Brian Crandall that they were told 4,533 signatures were certified by the Fall River Board of Elections. The petition effort only needed 2,510 verified signatures to force a recall vote.

Council President Cliff Ponte confirmed the threshold had been reached.

Ponte told NBC 10 that the next step would be to notify the mayor and the next step of the recall process will take place.

Ponte said the mayor has five days to resign from office after the council vote which is scheduled for Tuesday.

NBC 10 has reached out to the city clerk for comment.

Correia faces federal charges and has refused to leave office.

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