PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has nominated Newport restaurant owner Peter Crowley to the state Economic Development Corp. board.
Chafee announced Crowley's selection Thursday when Alison Vareika, also of Newport, withdrew her name after criticism of an alleged conflict of interest. Her son is an aide to Chafee. She and Chafee said they didn't believe there was a conflict in her service on a volunteer board.
Chafee said Crowley also brings perspective from Newport and the hospitality industry. Crowley owns the La Forge Casino Restaurant on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Chafee named three new members Monday to the board, which has been under fire for approving a $75 million loan guarantee for the now-bankrupt video game company of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.