|Dear Neighbors and Friends,
These are challenging times for Providence. I continue to push for fair and
sensible proposals that promote the long-term financial health of our city while
ensuring that Providence's middle class isn’t unfairly forced to carry more
than its fair share.
At the same time, over the past several years, we have had much success on
many important issues. Our work includes:
PRESSING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND JOBS
• Unanimous support from the Providence City Council for Rhode Island
• Passing legislation to improve enforcement of the city's ‘First Source
Ordinance,’ which requires that any developers who receive special tax-
treatment from the city also take efforts to hire qualified city residents.
• Successfully passing legislation that prohibits hotels for summarily firing
hospitality workers in efforts to frustrate their right to organize and reduce
their pay and benefits.
• Supporting community policing and safer neighborhoods by calling for the
City and State to withdraw from participation in the federal "Secure
Communities" program, which has been shown to undermine the public's trust
in local law enforcement.
PRESERVING OUR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
• Creating the position of a City Sustainability Manager and creating the City’s
Environmental Sustainability Task Force to reduce energy costs and create a
greener city through collaboration and partnerships with the City and other
• Introducing and passing legislation requiring City licensing of tobacco sellers
and strengthening city laws to prevent the sale of tobacco to children.
• Opposing the sale and privatization of the Scituate Reservoir, the water
supply for Providence and much of the state.
• Introducing and passing citywide legislation that reduces diesel exhaust
pollution from of a major source of air pollution: diesel construction
SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL AND LIBRARIES
• Creating the Council’s Special Committee on Education to examine public
school policy and budgetary issues.
• Advocating for a statewide public school funding formula, and for
accelerated implementation of the formula, to give the City the resources it
needs for our public schools and to help alleviate the City's financial crisis.
• Obtaining funding for 1,000 books and multi-media equipment for the
recently restored Vartan Gregorian Elementary School Library and
successfully negotiating for significantly reduced rent for the Fox Point Library.
• Obtaining funding for a new elevator, improving access to the Fox Point
Library and the Boys & Girls Club.
PROTECTING THE CHARACTER OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
• Enacting updated zoning for downtown Providence, emphasizing and
balancing important historic preservation concerns with the need for
streamlined and more predictable standards to encourage economic
• Pressing state agencies to rework proposed major changes in the I-195
relocation project areas for a more neighborhood-friendly design with public
• Introducing legislation that prevented the demolition of a historic commercial
building in Wayland Square.
• Supporting the creation of the George M. Cohan Plaza to honor the
birthplace of the composer.
Other recent projects include:
• Supporting efforts to install wheelchair-accessible children’s play equipment
at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School
• New after-school children’s computer labs at the Fox Point Library and
• Additional funding to the Fox Point Senior Center
• New plots at the Fox Point Community Garden
While we have accomplished much, there is much work to be done to keep
Providence moving forward. Working together, we will continue to push for
the changes we want to see in our neighborhood and throughout the city.
Thank you for your effort and your support.