“Today, the mayor has indicated he will veto the Council’s approved resolution, which would place 10 ballot questions in front of Providence voters this November – including the decision to create a hybrid school board of elected and appointed members.
The mayor’s reckless actions are precisely why the city needs a hybrid school board. City residents should not be beholden to one person making unilateral decisions. A hybrid school board promotes more community involvement and more representation from all our neighborhoods.
While the mayor focuses on a single ballot question, his veto collectively will destroy seven months of hard work and late nights put in by the Charter Review Commission, including four of his appointees. The Commission meets every 10 years. Why not let the people of Providence decide? The mayor is denying residents the right to vote by circumventing democracy.
The City Council will consider an override of the veto during a special meeting next week.”
“These past few weeks, there have been two shooting incidents, one at Billy Taylor Park, the latest this Saturday afternoon in the heart of our Summit neighborhood. Both struck a personal chord for me,” said Councilwoman for Ward 3, Nirva LaFortune. “My children have played at Billy Taylor Park, and my daughter’s young friend, who has been part of our family with sleepovers and bike rides, reached out to me concerned about the shooting near Camp Street and Dexterdale Road. She lives three houses away, where multiple shell casings were discovered on the ground. This must end. How are these young people getting such easy access to guns? We must step up our efforts to prevent these crimes from happening. We need to pass stronger sense laws, invest in our neighborhoods, implement and execute a public safety plan, and get back to the basics of community policing. I ask anyone with ideas to please come to our community meeting on May 31, 5:30 P.M, at Billy Taylor Park.”
“I would like to thank Governor McKee, Commerce Secretary Pryor, Mayor Elorza, and the team at High Rock Development for their leadership in revitalizing the iconic Superman building in the heart of Downtown Providence.
I look forward to engaging with stakeholders and community members as we move forward with this process to bring this hallmark of the Providence skyline back to life. This moment is a unique and exciting opportunity to boost our local economy and reinvigorate Downtown and the City of Providence,” Councilman John Goncalves (Ward 1).
Statement from Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding Illegal ATVs in Providence
“I was pleased to learn that the Department of Public Safety and the Mayor’s administration today announced plans to proactively enforce the ATV laws that the City Council has enacted. As we approach the warmer months, the threat of these dangerous and illegal ATVs looms over our neighborhoods.
As a freshman Councilor, I got to work drafting and enacting legislation that would keep dangerous ATVs off our City streets. In doing so, my Council colleagues and I created a clear, legal framework that prohibited the operation of illegal ATVs and gave the Providence Police Department the power to seize and destroy any ATVs operating illegally.
Since my legislation was enacted and the City Council created the ATV taskforce, law enforcement officials and local leaders came together to create strategies which resulted in 250 illegal ATVs being removed from our streets.
Despite our advocacy, these laws do not work unless they are enforced. I look forward to the Police Department’s continued commitment to these laws, which will serve to protect Providence drivers, pedestrians and bikers.
I encourage all residents to alert law enforcement and to report the location and operation of illegal ATVs and dirt bikes in Providence by calling 401-680-8288. Let us all do our part to keep our city safe,” stated Finance Chairwoman Jo-Ann Ryan.
The Providence City Council is set to host its annual International Women’s Day Celebration on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 at 6 PM in the Alderman’s Chamber on the third floor of Providence City Hall (25 Dorrance Street).
This year’s event will feature a performance by Providence poet Sussy Santana, and include a panel discussion on this year’s International Women’s Day United Nations theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” The Council is honored to host Monica Huertas of the Renew Rhode Island Commission, Vennicia Kingston and Darche Hood of the Women’s Council of Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades and ARISE Youth Leader Gabby Oulette as panelists.
In addition, local women-owned vendors will be at City Hall with a wide array of goods and services available for guests.
In addition to the performance and panel discussion, one woman will be awarded with the Anaija Strong: The She-Ro Within Award. This annual City Council International Women’s Day Award is named for fourteen-year-old Anaija Sanaa Griffin who passed away in November of 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Through her illness, Anaija amazed and inspired her parents, family, friends and teachers with her enduring commitment to her education and her unwavering spirit and humor.
This year, the Council will be honoring Theary Voeul with the Anaija Strong: The She-Ro Within Award. Voeul is a founding member of the Providence Youth Student Movement and is deeply involved in Providence’s South-East Asian community. She is a steadfast organizer of food and community events and helped families access needed resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Voeul works to advocate for families and individuals facing deportation and worked tirelessly to help immigrant families navigate the pandemic.
The City Council’s International Women’s Day Celebration is free and open to the public.