Warwick mayor refuses to give up car dealer plates

Warwick mayor refuses to give up car dealer plates


(MM) ALSO FROM THE TARGET 12 INVESTIGATORS — WARWICK’S MAYOR IS CLASHING WITH THE D-M- V! (HE) JOSEPH SOLOMON WAS ASKED TO GIVE UP HIS CAR DEALERSHIP LICENSE, AND DEALERS PLATES—BUT THE WARWICK DEMOCRAT SAID NO.. (MM) TARGET 12 INVESTIGATOR WALT BUTEAU HAS THE DETAILS THAT ARE NEW AT SIX. (WB) POTENTIALLY COMPLICATING THIS CASE—NOT ONLY IS THE CAR DEALER A CITY MAYOR. HE SITS ON THE D M V BOARD THAT REGULATES CAR DEALERS. ACCORDING TO THE D M V, AN INVESIGATOR’S SITE VISIT ABOUT A WEEK AGO, QUOTE… “SHOWED THERE WAS NO DEALERSHIP OPERATING” AT MAYOR SOLOMON’S LEGAL MOTORS ON WEST SHORE ROAD—PROMPTING THE AGENCY TO ASK THE FIRST TERM MAYOR TO RELINQUISH HIS LICENSE AND ALL OF HIS DEALER PLATES. THE D M V TELLS US, THIS DECEMBER DATED NOTICE WAS SENT TO SOLOMON AND LEGAL MOTORS, STATING THEY… “NO LONGER QUALIFY FOR THE NUMBER OF PLATES ALREADY ISSUED.” SOLOMON TELLS TARGET 12 HE DID NOT RECIEVE THAT NOTICE….AND WILL NOT GIVE UP HIS LICENSE BUT HE SAYS HE DID TURN IN THREE OF HIS SIX PLATES LAST WEEK. “Once it came to my attention, I complied because I firmly believe that the rules and regulation indicate that additional plates beyond three are based on the number of sales.” ACCORDING TO THE DMV THE NOTICE THAT WAS SENT TO LEGAL MOTORS INCLUDED A PAGE WITH THE REGULATION UNDERLINED—“FOR EACH 100 SALES PER YEAR, A DEALER WILL BE ISSUED THREE PLATES.” SOLOMON ACKNOWLEDGES HE DID NOT SELL ANY CARS LAST YEAR, AND A TOTAL OF 31 SINCE 2016. AS FAR AS A DEALER GIVING UP ALL OF THEIR PLATES FOR SELLING LESS THAN 100 CARS IN A YEAR…SOLOMON IS EMPHATIC. “It has never happened.” SOLOMON SAYS HE WANTS TO KEEP THREE PLATES BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HIS LOT APPEARS EMPTY, HE TELLS US HE HAS AN INVENTORY AND PLANS ON SELLING VEHICLES WHILE HE IS MAYOR…AND AFTER HE LEAVES OFFICE. (WB) ACCORDING TO THE D M V—AND THE NOTICE SENT TO SOLOMON, THE STATE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CALL ANY DEALER BEFORE THE DEALERS BOARD OVER ISSUES SUCH AS THIS ONE. THAT HAS NOT BEEN SCHEDULED IN THIS CASE, BUT IF IT DID HAPPEN—REMEMBER SOLOMON SITS ON THAT VERY SAME BOARD. WITH THE TARGET 12

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