For the past two years, I have led the City Council’s call for operational and management reforms to the Board of Licenses. An important component of this effort was the “Pine Report” which was commissioned by the City Council to address growing concerns regarding the Board’s ability to provide business owners and the public with consistent licensing procedures that balance the City’s need for a healthy economy and public safety. The comprehensive report called for a number of reforms. The Council and the administration have been working to implement its recommendations.
At this time, I thank Mr. Pichardo for his service and support the Mayor’s request for him to step down as Chairman. New leadership of the Board will make a positive impact on our community of business owners and the residents of Providence.
Board of Licensing reform is part of the Council’s ongoing effort to bolster and grow the City’s economy while protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
— Providence City Council Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan, Ward 5