Politics

Woonsocket City Council Nixes Councilwoman Gonzalez VIDA Church Money Grab-Approves Community Cares Emergency Shelter Portion!

In a unanimous vote, with Councilwoman Vice Chair Valerie Gonzalez forced to recuse, the Woonsocket City Council approved a “pass through” grant to Woonsocket service provider Community Cares, funded by the State of Rhode Island, for funds dedicated to providing weather emergency shelter.     The Resolution was seemingly structured[Read More…]

by January 11, 2024

The Rhode Island Democratic Womens Caucus: Resolution for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

The Rhode Island Democratic Womens Caucus Issued The Following Statement: Resolution for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza WHEREAS, the ongoing conflict in Gaza has resulted in immense civilian casualties, including a disproportionately high number of women and children, causing widespread human suffering and displacement. WHEREAS, this conflict has further exacerbated[Read More…]

by January 8, 2024

Woonsocket Gonzalez Cash Grab: Councilman Thompson Weighs In … Emphatically

In an email to Planning Director Michael Debroisse, framed as a response to an email chain discussing the controversial Councilperson Gonzalez Money Grab/Warming Center, Woonsocket Councilman Brian Thompson did not mince words. Focusing on the process issues that led to the Mendon Road Debacle, and ultimately, the political demise of[Read More…]

by January 7, 2024

Woonsocket: Council President Ward Applies The Brakes? On Controversial Valerie Gonzalez Money Grab

  Woonsocket City Council President weighed in last night (Friday January 5) on the burgeoning Warming Center Controversy. With the Mendon Road Deal still fresh in the minds of well, everyone, Mr. Ward brought attention to the advise/consent provided, in Charter, by the Woonsocket City Council. Of interest? Potential issues[Read More…]

by January 6, 2024

Woonsocket: Woonsocket Councilor Gonzalez to Provide Municipal Homeless Support Initiative-Winter Emergency Hub?

  Preliminary reports indicate that Community Care Alliance, and the Vida Church have entered into an “arrangement” to provide a warming facility & shelter for weather events impacting the unhoused, in Woonsocket. The cost to provide these services will be underwritten by the Rhode Island Department of Housing, primarily via[Read More…]

by January 6, 2024

From The Docket: Pawtucket City Council To Vote On Dramatic Salary Increases For Mayor, City Council President, & City Council Memberships

  Flash! On the docket for the January 10, 2024 City Council Meeting? A proposed salary increase for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, from $80,000 to $150,000. The City Council President would see his salary increase to $15,000 from $8,000, and “regular” City Council Members from $13,000 from $7,000. What. Say.[Read More…]

by January 5, 2024

RIDOT: ANNOUNCES LAST DAY OF SERVICE FOR TEMPORARY BRISTOL TO PROVIDENCE FERRY

Ridership data shows it is the appropriate time to wind down the temporary service From The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT): The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that Friday, January 19 will be the last day of service for the temporary Bristol to Providence ferry. Ridership[Read More…]

by January 5, 2024

RIPTA Alert! “Ride Free Central Falls” Pilot Program Will End on December 31, 2023

    The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is reminding passengers that the “Ride Free Central Falls” pilot program, which has been in effect since March 2022, will conclude on December 31, 2023. This initiative, aimed at testing geofencing technology to promote public transportation use, has been a valuable[Read More…]

by December 26, 2023

Cranston’s Mayor Hopkins Selects Robert Ryan as Cranston’s Next Fire Chief

    From The Office of Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor Kenneth Hopkins:   Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins has announced the selection of Deputy Chief Robert Ryan to serve as Cranston’s next Fire Chief. Ryan, a thirty-six-year Cranston firefighter, will succeed James Warren as the leader of the fire department. In[Read More…]

by December 26, 2023

Statement from Secretary Yellen on President Biden’s Executive Order Taking Additional Steps With Respect to Russia’s Harmful Activities

  From The U.S. Department of the Treasury: Today, to further strengthen the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s tools to disrupt and degrade Russia’s war machine, President Biden issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) amending E.O. 14024 and E.O. 14068. This E.O. further targets Russian sanctions evasion and solidifies the U.S. commitment to[Read More…]

by December 24, 2023