PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has apologized to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for a crude tweet sent by a Providence city employee.

Elorza, a Democrat, said Thursday he also told Fung, a Republican, that Kevin Aherne no longer works for the city.

Aherne was a communications director in Providence's planning department. Screenshots posted on Twitter, including one by Fung , show a Tuesday tweet in which Aherne accuses Fung and Cranston police of criminalizing poverty, adding a crude play on words with the mayor's name.

The tweet showed an officer apparently speaking to panhandlers, but Aherne mistook a Warwick cruiser for one from Cranston.

Aherne deleted his Twitter account and confirmed to WPRI-TV he was resigning over the tweet, but declined to discuss it further.

Fung tweeted to Elorza that it wasn't a Cranston cruiser, with #HeardBetterSlamsFromA5thGrader.

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