Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Last Night’s Altercation

Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Last Night’s Altercation

I was embarrassed to watch as the Mayor of our city provoked an inappropriate altercation between himself and Governor McKee.

As an elected official, I hold my government colleagues to a high standard of professionalism, especially at community events that are meant to be joyful and positive.

While I understand that many of us often feel passionately about the issues we advocate for, raised voices and aggressive behavior will never result in productive change.

I was extremely disappointed in Mayor Elorza’s behavior last night, and moving forward I hope that all elected leaders in our city will remember that we have been elected by Providence residents to care for our great city, and this behavior is a disservice to those we represent.

Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.
Councilman, Ward 4
Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Providence City Council

City Councilors Call for Review of Mayor Elorza’s Agreement with Achievement First

City Councilors Call for Review of Mayor Elorza’s Agreement with Achievement First

At tonight’s City Council meeting, Councilors Helen Anthony (Ward 2), Nirva LaFortune (Ward 3) and John Goncalves (Ward 1) proposed a resolution calling for a review of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s license agreement with the charter school Achievement First, which grants the charter school use of space in a City-owned elementary school. The resolution describes how the execution of license agreement did not follow the required public process outlined in Section 416 (6) of the City Charter which requires a resolution of the City Council to enter into a lease of a City building. This resolution was passed by the full council.

“With the current state of Providence’s school system, City leaders should all be working together to ensure that major decisions such as this license agreement are carefully considered and deliberated. It is customary for the City Council to review any lease of City property, and it is in the best interest of Mayor Elorza, Achievement First and all Providence students for the Council to take the time to properly vet this agreement,” stated Councilwoman Helen Anthony (Ward 2).

According to the City Charter, any lease of City owned property must be authorized by the City Council. Mayor Elorza entered into a license agreement wherein Achievement First will rent a portion of the property located at the Charles M. Fortes Elementary school for the purpose of operating a charter school at this location beginning in September. The City Council was not given the opportunity to review or approve this agreement prior to it being finalized.

“The City Council is the legislative body of the City of Providence. We are here to provide an open, democratic process for the City’s development and initiatives. It is disappointing that the mayoral administration did not initially reach out for Council input on a plan which involves the lease of valuable public property. We are calling on the administration to comply with the City Charter and allow for due process,” added Councilman John Goncalves (Ward 1).

In March of 2015, the City Council reviewed a similar situation, in which The International Charter School was being considered to lease the Windmill Street School building. This request was communicated by the City’s Director of Public Property to the City Council. The Council’s Committee on City Property reviewed the request and reported back to the full Council, which voted to against the lease agreement.

“Moving forward, communication and transparency between our City’s governing bodies should be a priority. As a City Council, we cannot fulfill our duties if we cannot work collaboratively with the Mayor and other City departments. While charter schools remain a contentious issue in our city, this is also a matter of principle and good government. We are committed to adhering to the requirements set forth by the city charter, which provides the foundation of our city government,” added Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune.

City Councilors Call for Review of Mayor Elorza’s Agreement with Achievement First

Providence City Council Approves $539 Million FY 2022 City Budget

Approved budget contains no tax increases and uses $42 million in stimulus funds for small business relief, youth investments, free public Internet access, and more.

Tonight, the Providence City Council voted to approve a $539 million FY 2022 City Budget including $42 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address both immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term investments that will pay dividends for years to come. The budget holds the line on residential and commercial property taxes, while funding key City services that residents expect and deserve.

Tonight’s vote to approve the FY 2022 City budget follows 5 weeks and more than 11 Finance Committee hearings to receive input from the Mayor’s office, Council members, and city residents and community organizations.

“I want to thank my colleagues on the City Council and Mayor Elorza for working collaboratively to put together and pass this budget that invests in our city at a time of great challenge for our residents,” said City Council President John J. Igliozzi. “Developing this budget during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge. Through months of hearings, we have heard just how hard hit our families, small businesses, and community organizations have been by the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. To address these needs, I am pleased that we are able to utilize $42 million in ARPA funds to invest in summer programming for our youth, early learning programs, free public internet access at parks and recreation centers, anti-violence programs, homeless interventions, street sweeping and sewer repairs, our public libraries, and relief for our small businesses. In addition, this budget continues to invest in core City services including inspections and public safety, while holding the line on taxes.”

Continued Igiozzi, “I also want to highlight this budget’s investment in public safety, which will provide the staffing and resources necessary to respond to criminal activity and to keep the people of our city safe. Talking with residents, many have said they are worried about a rise in crime and support smart investments in our police department, as well as substantive reforms to address community concerns about some policing practices. That is why this budget includes funding for recruitment of new police officers to protect our neighborhoods, and also creates a new Community Relations and Diversion Services Major position within the police department to resolve public safety issues that would be better dealt with through outreach and partnerships with City agencies and community-based organizations.”

“During this time of great need, I am pleased that my colleagues on the City Council and Mayor Elorza have worked together to pass a budget that helps our residents, small businesses, and community organizations get through the COVID-19 pandemic, while making long term investments in our city,” said Councilwoman and Finance Chair Jo-Ann Ryan. “I am particularly pleased that this budget provides $7 million in direct relief for Providence’s small businesses, invests in early education for our youth, and invests in basic City services like public safety and housing and building safety inspections to address quality of life issues.”

FY 2022 City budget highlights include:

•No property tax increases.
•Invests in the Department of Inspections and Standards to deal with quality-of-life issues.
•Invests in the Department of Public Property to hire additional personnel to handle projects in a more efficient and timely fashion.
•Creates a new Department of Equity and Inclusion.
•Invests in public safety, including expansion of diversion efforts, creating anti-violence programs, and provisions to fund recruitment of new Providence Police officers.
•Continues to invest in City parks with a portion of Tax Stabilization revenue going to the Parks and Recreation fund.
•Provides an additional $300,000 for Providence Community Centers for programs that qualify for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) resources.
•Creates a new Community Relations and Diversion Services Major position within the Providence Police Department.
•10% of tax revenue from projects with a Tax Stabilization Agreement (TSA) will be dedicated to supporting debt service on the $25M Providence Redevelopment Agency Special Obligation Bond that funded the Providence Housing Trust in FY21.
•Invests $350,000 to expand the number of pre-kindergarten classrooms in Providence, increasing access to quality early learning programs.
•Invests ARPA funds for night basketball, recreational center programs for our youths, free internet access at our largest parks and recreation centers, sewer repair fund, and a $7 million small business relief fund.

A detailed summary of FY 2022 City Budget highlights can be found here.


Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Last Night’s Altercation

Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding the Retirement of Providence Police Major Lepre and Major Correia 

Today I joined the Providence Police Department and my Council colleagues to celebrate the retirement of Providence Police Majors Michael Correia and Robert Lepre.

Major Robert E. Lepre served the Providence Police Department since 1989 and has received numerous awards for his great work, including an award from the City Council. Serving in various roles, from night patrol to Commanding officer, Major Lepre’s dedication to his community has shone through is long career.

Major Michael E. Correia has been with the Providence Police Department since 1987, and was instrumental in the prosecution of numerous homicide cases in the City. Major Correia comes from a po

lice family, with his son Casey Correia currently serving with the Providence Police Department and his father Edward J. Correia a retired Rhode Island State Police Lieutenant.

Major Lepre and Major Correia both have outstanding track records of good police work and a devotion to public service. I would like to sincerely thank Major Lepre and Major Correia for spending their careers keeping our community safe.

I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and I hope that they enjoy a relaxing and well-deserved retirement with their family and friends.

Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Providence City Council
Councilman, Ward 4

Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Last Night’s Altercation

Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci on Cheshire Street Shooting

I am appalled and saddened by the recent violence that took place on Cheshire Street which resulted in the death of two young men.

I would like to extend my appreciation to the Providence Police Department for responding to the scene and working diligently to bring justice for Abdoulaye Dialla, Abass Mbaye and their families.

The violence devastating our local communities must be stopped. I remain as committed as ever to working with my colleagues in government and local law enforcement to make Providence a safe and peaceful place to live.

I would like to share my deepest condolences with the families and friends of Abdoulaye Dialla and Abass Mbaye. Let us keep working towards a safer City in their honor.

Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Providence City Council
Councilman, Ward 4

Statement from Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Last Night’s Altercation

Statement from Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. in Appreciation of Providence Teachers

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting E-Cubed Academy for their end of the year award celebration. During my visit, I was taken aback by the great work that the teachers at E-Cubed have done to build relationships with their students and improve their social and educational skills.

I attend E-Cubed Academy’s award ceremony almost every year. Last year, I met a student who was not able to fully communicate verbally with his peers or teachers. This year, I watched in amazement as the same student stood in front of his classmates and confidently gave a well-spoken speech.

This impressive young man is just one example of the great work that the teachers in Providence Public Schools do every day to change students’ lives and provide them with the structures and tools they need for success. I was impressed by all of the students I met on Tuesday who have achieved academic excellence and displayed great respect for their teachers.

As local and state leaders work together to create a stronger education system for our youth, we must remember to appreciate and support the many great educators we already have here in Providence. I would like to thank the teachers of E-Cubed Academy, and all of the teachers across the City of Providence for their dedication to the difficult work they do to provide our children with brighter futures.

Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Providence City Council
Councilman, Ward 4

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