Correia has insisted that despite being arrested twice in less than a year, he would not step down from his position. Correia says he will retain his title, and annual salary, as mayor but pass off his day-to-day duties to City Council President Cliff Ponte. 

Correia, who’s denied all wire fraud, bribery, and extortion charges against him, says his legal situation has become a hindrance to the city.

"At the end of the day Fall River must win, not just any one person," Correia said. "That is why at this time, the city must have an opportunity to continue to thrive and build upon the solid foundation and framework without distraction."

Fall River voters will head to the polls next month. Correia’s name is still on the ballot. He plans to retain his title until the next mayor takes office in January.