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Arecibo mayor, senator rip PRASA for alleged political appointment

Arecibo Mayor Carlos “Tito” Ramírez

By John McPhaul

Arecibo Mayor Carlos “Tito” Ramírez and Arecibo District Sen. Elizabeth Rosa Vélez on Thursday blasted Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) Executive President Doriel Pagán, for the appointment of Joe Colón Rodríguez, a former New Progressive Party candidate for mayor of Arecibo, as regional director in the northern coastal municipality.

“It is questionable that they would suddenly change the person who held the position for the past five years, Samuel Rosario, who had good relations with the district mayors,” Rosa said in a written statement. “The country is tired of politicized agencies and officials whose priority is to advance partisan political agendas.”

“The Arecibo district is one of the most affected and with the greatest drinking water service problems,” she added. “People who work for the Authority and who serve the district must be committed to addressing and solving problems with the service beyond partisan political lines.”

The mayor said they will keep a close eye on the new official’s performance in order to guarantee fair and equitable treatment for all mayors in the region.

“We are surprised that they replaced Rosario with someone else,” Ramírez said. “Rosario always maintained good communication with yours truly and proved to be accessible. In the midst of the problems that Arecibo is experiencing with the drinking water service, we hope that the new official has a genuine commitment to establishing ties with the mayors in the region since we are the officials closest to the people.”

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