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Former state representative for District 34, David Caprio, resigned as chair of the Rhode Island Democratic PartyÂ Tuesday,Â one day after it came to light that state police are investigating his role in obtaining concession contracts at three state beaches.
â€śIâ€™m not making any comment on anything,â€ť Caprio said when reached by phoneÂ ThursdayÂ morning.
Earlier this week, NBC 10 reported that Caprio, the second-highest bidder for five-year contracts to operate the concessions at Scarborough, Roger Wheeler and Misquamicut state beaches, won the contracts after the top bidder, state Rep. Peter Palumbo, who represents portions of Cranston, withdrew his bid due to â€śpersonal financial problems.â€ť
Palumboâ€™s bids for the contracts totaled nearly $1.8 million for the three contracts, while Caprioâ€™s totaled almost $1.6 million. The state received 16 bids altogether for the concession contracts.
According to the report, after Caprio won the contracts he then chose Palumbo, who was first elected to the General Assembly in 1994, to manage the concession stands.