- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is speaking out after an audit found that the Rhode Island State Police’s involvement with the Cranston Police Department is costing state and city taxpayers nearly $8 million.

The Republican lawmaker tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1L1fC0F) that the audit was flawed and was not independent.

City Council President John Lanni appointed internal auditor Anthony Moretti to determine the costs of the state police evaluation of the city police. Moretti submitted his analysis Thursday.

Fung says Lanni is a political rival who has a friend running against him.

He says the city is running a surplus and is at its highest bond rating in decades.

The state police stepped in after a ticketing blitz in the wards of two city councilors who voted against a police union contract.

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