Three municipal administrations of the province of Naples dissolved due to Camorra infiltrations in just 105 days. Fifteen weeks to see three elected councils canceled and in which the Council of Ministries has identified possible interference by organized crime. Three cities that have Vesuvius in common, visible from different sides. How different is the political color of the three administrations, for an ax against the possible connivance between politics and organized crime which, according to the assessments of the prefect, knows no distinction between center-left and center-right. The last administration to fall was that of yesterday San Giuseppe Vesuvianowhere the next elections were due to take place in 2023.
The mayor, Vincenzo Catapano, was elected in June 2018 with a coalition of civic lists but with the declared proximity of the mayor to the League. The rumor had been circulating in political circles for a few weeks, so much so that the decision does not come like a bolt from the blue. For San Giuseppe Vesuviano it is the third dissolution linked to alleged connivance between the administrative machinery and crime in thirty years, after those of 1993 and 2009. Upon hearing the news, the mayor argued that “for us, years of clear struggle speak and open to organized crime “, expressing the intention to appeal to the TAR.
Appeal to the administrative court already presented by the former mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, Gaetano Cimmino, local expression of Forza Italia. His administration was the first of the three to be sent home prematurely (the elections for the renewal of the assembly should also have been held in this case in 2023) by the Council of Ministers. It was February 25th. In the relative decree it was underlined how “the permeability of the body to the external influences of organized crime has caused serious damage to the interests of the community and has led to the loss of credibility of the local institution”.
In the middle, on May 5, the dissolution of the municipal administration of Torre Annunziata. Here the mayor Vincenzo Ascione, representative of the Democratic Party elected in 2017, had in fact returned home for several weeks, having resigned on February 16, anticipated and followed by many other administrators, some of whom (including the mayor) under investigation as part of an investigation into alleged bribes in exchange for public contracts that had brought the former manager of the Technical office and the former deputy mayor to prison. Two dissolution in two and a half months that gave the Vesuvian city sadly known for being the one about which Giancarlo Siani, the reporter of the newspaper ‘Il Mattino’ killed by the Camorra, wrote, an unenviable record.
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