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I serve in several capacities, and one of them is as a member of the Committee on Ordinances.  At our last meeting, held on Monday, October 15, 2018, we were reviewing proposed amendments to an existing ordinance. This ordinance would ensure that the City of Providence would make a more concerted effort to work with more women and minority-owned businesses.  

During the review process, the attorney from the City Solicitors Office raised concerns that they had received the proposed changes earlier that day and hadn’t had adequate time to review them.  I take my responsibility very seriously and felt that we should honor their request to do their due diligence. That is why my colleagues and I all agreed to continue this item until Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (our next scheduled meeting).  

No one is more invested in encouraging our City departments to do more business with minority and women-owned businesses than Councilwoman Castillo and me.  As women, we both have a vested interest in pushing this ordinance forward. We just want it to be one that works.   

As elected officials, we are called upon to make the right decisions for our City, and sometimes that takes time.  That’s why it was such a shock to have the President of the City Council react in this manner when we were only delaying the discussion by a week.  

Finally, Council President Salvatore’s impertinent remarks directed to Councilwoman Castillo and me after the meeting were regrettable. It was a poor display and behavior unbecoming the Office of the Council President.  He should know better, and frankly, we deserve better. 

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Jo-Ann Ryan, Providence City Council Majority Whip

 

I was disappointed and deeply offended to learn of Council President Salvatore's outbursts and disrespectful verbal assault towards two of my colleagues.  The unfortunate irony is that Council President Salvatore berated them for “not supporting women.” Is this how he supports women?

This behavior is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances, even more so when dealing with two Councilwomen. We must have zero tolerance for this type of abusive and bullying behavior demonstrated by Council President Salvatore. 

Council President Salvatore needs to issue a public apology immediately and enroll in anger management and sensitivity training, which would be required of any city employee who engaged in such abhorrent behavior. 

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Sabina Matos, Council President Pro Tempore

 

After nearly a year RIDOT and the City of Providence have begun design work
 
Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. today announces that work has begun on a project to replace the Hawkins Street Bridge. After nearly a year of waiting, RIDOT and the City have come to terms on a design and have begun the preliminary phase of work.
 
“The bridge was closed last October and has created a great deal of consternation in the neighborhood,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. “For the past year, I have been working with City and State officials to get this project underway. By joining forces, the City and State, have allocated funds for this important project. Infrastructure is an issue not just in Providence or Rhode Island, but around the country. This work beginning is a testament that with hard work by community advocates we can move the needle to get things done.”
 

Hawkins Street Bridge crosses the West River and Route 146 connecting the Wanskuck and Charles neighborhoods of Providence.

Senior Deputy Majority Leader Terrence Hassett, Chairman of the Committee on Ordinances, has announced that the Committee will hold a public hearing on the Hope Point Tower on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers. 

“A 300 Million Dollar investment in the City of Providence is a once in a generation opportunity, and I strongly believe that the Council has a fiduciary responsibility to allow the developer a chance to testify before this body,” stated Senior Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Ordinances Terrence Hassett. “The Committee has heard a great deal of testimony both for and against this project, but one voice was missing, and that didn’t seem right to me. I asked my colleagues on the Council to send it back to Committee so that we could have the opportunity to hear from Mr. Fane and his associates so that we may better inform our vote.”
 

If any person wishes to make a public comment they are asked to sign in before the 5:30 PM meeting start time.  The Chambers will open on or around 5:00 PM and sign-ups will begin at the same time.

Constituents who are unable to attend the public hearing may provide written testimony by mail or email to Lori L. Hagen, City Clerk: lhagen@providenceri.gov or City Clerk, 25 Dorrance Street, Room 311, Providence, RI 02903. (Please note, if you submit written testimony you are not required to appear or read your testimony at the public hearing.)

Offices and City Council Chambers are accessible to individuals with disabilities.  If you are in need of interpreter services for the hearing impaired, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-7768 not less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing date.