- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt created highway laborer jobs filled by her teenage son and his teammates in a baseball league.

Baldelli-Hunt tells the website, The Hummel Report, (https://bit.ly/1n5s8xC ) the program was intended to clean city streets and sidewalks. The summer jobs program for young people had previously been abolished for lack of money.

The mayor didn’t advertise the jobs. She told The Hummel Report she invited a group of athletes, including her 16-year-old son, to fill out applications. The jobs paid $10 an hour for boys aged 15-18. In total, the city paid them $5,700 from a highway account.

Baldelli-Hunt tells The Hummel Report parents were very grateful for the program that kept their children busy and brought in extra money.

The mayor told The Woonsocket Call in a separate interview she doesn’t think she did anything wrong.

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