Governor’s former chief of workers faces nice over unregistered building firm

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In a quote posted on Friday, an investigator for the Contractors’ License & Registration Board said the property records show that Silva purchased vacant lot at 116 Canning St. in April 2018.

“(Silva), who did business as My Hero Construction, then built a residential structure on the property,” the quote says. “Said property was sold on or around March 2019. During the construction period, neither (Silva) nor My Hero Construction had the necessary contractor registration. “

In the notice, lead investigator Matthew J. Lambert Silva said he had broken the law by doing or arranging work without valid registration and the proposed fine is $ 1,000.

Silva has a right to be heard, which he must apply for in writing within 20 days, according to the communication. If he does not act, the fine will be imposed on September 23rd.

WPRI-TV12 had reported that Silva listed an unregistered construction company in a document on a house he built in 2018 and sold the next year, despite previously saying the company was never operational. WPRI reported that documents at Cumberland City Hall show that Silva is listing My Hero Construction as the company that built a single family home at 116 Canning Street.

Silva, a former Cumberland police chief, is under investigation over another property on Canning Street.

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s office and the Rhode Island State Police are investigating whether Silva attempted to influence the state’s Environment Department over a permit to develop a property at 45 Canning Street that is 93 percent wetland.

DEM had rejected an application filed on behalf of Silva to develop the Canning Street package in 2019, but the agency reversed course that year despite local opposition. Silva denied attempting to influence DEM, claiming he transferred his stake in the property to his son in order to build a house. After the proposal attracted media attention and litigation, the Silva family announced on August 13 that they would transfer the property to the city.

Initially, McKee said he had spoken to the DEM director and concluded that Silva had not attempted “undue influence” on the wetland development proposal. But he soon called on the Attorney General’s office to open an investigation. And on Monday McKee announced that he and Silva had reached a “mutual agreement” that it was in the “best interests of the administration” that he should resign from the state government with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Rhode Island has filed a complaint with the state ethics committee alleging that Silva violated the code of ethics by failing to disclose his financial interest in the 45 Canning St. property from 2017-2020.

Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.