- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence city councilman has resigned from his position as majority leader but is keeping his council seat after being arrested on charges he misused campaign funds and embezzled more than $127,000 from a youth organization.

Kevin Jackson sent letters announcing he’s stepping down as majority leader and finance committee member.

Council President Luis Aponte said Thursday he accepted Jackson’s decision but Councilman Seth Yurdin says it’s not enough. Yurdin says Jackson’s continued presence is a distraction and Jackson should immediately resign his seat.

Jackson is charged with felony embezzlement, unlawful appropriation over $1,000 and related crimes. He was released on personal recognizance Wednesday. His attorney has said he’ll get a vigorous defense.

Jackson has represented the city’s Hope and Mount Hope neighborhoods since 1995.

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