LAWRENCE (CBS) – There are not enough certified signatures to force a recall of Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, WBZ-TV has learned.
The board says while the group had plenty of signatures, but not enough of them could be certified, meaning names and addresses have to match.
The recall needed 5,232 verified signatures to move forward. According to WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz, 5483 signatures were submitted, but only 4366 were verified.
Edwin Rodriguez has led the effort to oust Lantigua. Before even knowing the outcome, Rodriguez said he was prepared to fight until Lantigua was gone.
“That doesn’t mean this is dead. We will continue our efforts to remove the mayor and if we have to start all over again we will, he said.
Earlier in the day, Lantigua refused to comment.
WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports
Lantigua has been at the center of one controversy after another since he took office. He is also reportedly at the center of an FBI investigation.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports
In the event there were enough signatures for the recall, Lantigua would have five days to resign. If he didn’t, the city council would schedule a recall election, which Lantigua could not take part in.
Lantigua has promised a fight either way.