Statement from Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding Illegal ATVs in Providence

Statement from Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding Illegal ATVs in Providence

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.

Statement from Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding Illegal ATVs in Providence

Retired Providence Fire Chief George Farrell Honored by City Council for His Work as Chairman of the Rhode Island Honor Flights Club

 At tonight’s City Council meeting Finance Chairwoman Jo-Ann Ryan sponsored a resolution, passed by the full City Council, honoring Retired Providence Fire Chief George Farrell for his work as Chairman of the Rhode Island Honor Flights Club. Mr. Farrell and his family attended the meeting and were honored with a City Council citation.

George Farrell served over 30 years in the Providence Fire Department, working his way up through the ranks from firefighter and eventually serving as chief from 2007 until his retirement in 2011. He also served as the Rhode Island State Fire Marshall from 2006-2007. Since retiring, Chief Farrell has remained active in his community as the chairman of the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Club which is dedicated to honoring veterans by offering no-cost trips to the Washington DC monuments for veterans of World War II and the Korean War.

“Chief Farrell built a laudable career as a public servant and has continued into retirement with a perennial dedication to serving his community. Thanks to his work, hundreds of veterans have had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and see the monuments that have been built in their honor. I am proud to honor Chief Farrell with my Council colleagues tonight and I thank him for his years of service to our city and our veterans,” stated Finance Chairwoman Jo-Ann Ryan (Ward 5).

Since November of 2012, the Rhode Island Honor Flight Club has completed 25 flights and served over 800 veterans. To learn more about the Rhode Island Honor Flight Club, visit them on the web here: https://www.rihonorflight.com/.

To read the resolution honoring Chief George Farrell, click here: https://bit.ly/3Di6bWM

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