Central Falls, RI – A swearing-in ceremony for the new judge of the Central Falls Housing Court, Robert J. McConnell, will be held on Friday, February 27 at 3 pm at City Hall. Judge McConnell was appointed to the position by the City Council at their meeting on February 13. Mayor James Diossa will administer the oath of office during the afternoon ceremony.
“I have made it a priority of my administration to improve the condition of the city by aggressively pursuing minimum code and environmental violations,” said Mayor James Diossa. “Establishing the Nuisance Task Force has worked to achieve compliance from property owners. Having a well-regarded and seasoned attorney like Mr. McConnell as Housing Court Judge will only serve to make our city cleaner, safer and a better place to live.”
McConnell is well known for his ground breaking legal work on the state’s lead paint litigation in the protection of lead-poisoned children. He continues to represent victims of lead, asbestos and other environmental contamination, seeking accountability from those responsible.
“I’m honored to serve in a capacity that will have a profound impact upon the city of Central Falls,” said McConnell. “I am committed to upholding the oath of office and improve the condition of the city through compliance with its ordinances and codes.”
McConnell has shown a commitment to helping the people of Central Falls while on the board of The Institute for the Study of Non-Violence, where institute staff has trained Central Falls High School students on the principles of nonviolence. Additionally, he has fought to reduce utility costs and the harmful effects of utility shutoffs as a board member of the George Wiley Center.