PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Providence, a retired firefighter approached Mayor Angel Taveras, visibly upset about the city’s deal to reduce pension benefits for public safety retirees.

“He was telling me how really unhappy he was about the deal,” Taveras said Tuesday during a lengthy interview at City Hall. “Then he said to me: ‘I know you’re trying to fix it. It’s not your fault.’ He said it three times. This also showed that he gave me a little bit of the benefit of doubt.”

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