- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Newport’s mayor is calling for the resignation of a councilman who pleaded no contest to assaulting a man in a dispute over a ladder.

The Newport Daily News reports that Mayor Harry Winthrop says at-large Councilman Michael Farley should also pull out of the Nov. 4 election.

Winthrop says it’s not the type of behavior Newport residents expect or deserve from an elected official.

Farley was arrested and pleaded no contest on Wednesday to assaulting a contractor working at his neighbor’s house. The altercation last month occurred after Farley accused Kevin Schiavone of stealing a ladder from his property. Schiavone said he thought the ladder belonged to his client.

Farley did not comment on Winthrop’s call.

The mayor and Farley have clashed on a number of issues before the council.


Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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