Councilman Samuel D. Zurier | Ward 2
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Councilman Samuel Zurier was elected to represent Ward Two on the City Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. He represents the Blackstone, College Hill, and Wayland neighborhoods.
Councilman Zurier has been an advocate for quality public education and a leader on fiscal policy issues on the City Council. A former Providence School Board member (2000-2002), he served as Chairman of the Council’s Special Committee on Education during the 2011-2014 term. Additionally, he was Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pension Sustainability, a member of the Commission on Revenue, Sustainability, and Efficiency, and he helped create the Special Commission to Study Property Tax Revaluation and was chosen as its Chairman.
He is an attorney and has been engaged in the private practice of law in Rhode Island since 1990. He currently works as of counsel to Oliverio & Marcaccio LLP.
Councilman Zurier graduated from Classical High School, received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University, his Master’s in Politics, Philosophy & Economic from Oxford University, and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1982.
Zurier has been actively involved in community and civic organizations, and has many years’ experience in public service. An advocate for quality public education, Councilman Zurier was appointed to the Providence School Board in 2000, and was a member of various committees for Providence Public Schools, including the Nathan Bishop Planning Committee (2006-present), the Superintendent Search Committee (2005), and the Aramark Scholarship Committee (2006-2007). He is a board member of the Classical High School Alumni Association, on which he serves as Treasurer. Additionally, he is a member of the steering committee for Rhode Island is Ready, a statewide, grassroots education reform campaign.
Other civic affiliations include Leadership Rhode Island (Omega Class, 2004); past president and current board member of Jewish Family Service; and member of board of directors for Jewish Federation of Rhode Island and Temple Beth El. He received the Hassenfeld Award for Community Service in 1995.
Councilman Zurier’s professional memberships include the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He also has been an adjunct professor at Roger Williams Law School since 2008.
Born and raised on the East Side of Providence, Councilman Zurier left the area for college and returned to the East Side in 1990 to raise a family and start a career. He has resided on the East Side ever since, and lives with his wife, Lauren, and their three children, Rachel, Hannah and Joseph, all of whom attend or have graduated from Providence Public Schools.
Councilman Zurier spends his free time coaching his son’s sports teams, jogging, bicycling, and reading.