Mayor Jasiel Correia to Make ‘Significant’ Campaign Announcement
FALL RIVER — As the November final election in Fall River approaches, embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Corriea will be making a major campaign announcement on Tuesday.
A statement released Monday afternoon by Mayor Correia’s Office announced the media event, which will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the site of the new Durfee High School, which is currently under construction at 360 Elsbree Street.
“Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will make a significant announcement concerning his re-election campaign and the future of the City of Fall River,” the statement read.
The Mayor’s staff also noted that Correia will not be taking any questions from the media following the “significant announcement” regarding his re-election campaign.
“Mayor Correia will make a statement but will not be answering any questions following his announcement,” it continued.
The troubled 26-year-old Mayor has been facing an uphill battle in his re-election bid after he was arrested in September for the second time in less than a year by federal authorities.
Correia faces a 13-count indictment charging him with extorting marijuana vendors seeking to do business in the City for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The indictment also alleges that he even extorted his own Chief of Staff, Gen Andrade, out of half of her annual salary.
In October of 2018, Correia was arrested by the FBI for the first time on an 11-count indictment alleging that he defrauded investors in an app he created, called SnoOwl, out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Correia, who has been represented by well-known defense attorney Kevin Reddington, saw his latest victory in New Bedford last week, when a Bristol County Superior Court Judge ruled against the Fall River City Council’s vote to temporarily remove him from office.
Mayor Corriea faces re-election against School Committee Member Paul Coogan. The final election is scheduled for November 5.