Ward 11

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris has been on the City Council since 2014, and currently serves as the Deputy Majority Leader. She serves on the Committee on Ordinances, the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, and the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning She represents constituents in the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods.

 

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Ward 11: Upper South Providence & West End

This ward is defined by the large medical campus that is located just West of I-95 and south of downtown Providence. The Hasbro Children's Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital are located within this campus. Rhode Island Hospital is the state's primary trauma center, and the hospital has a close affiliation with the Brown University Medical School. This ward is also home to the central campus of The MET Community High School. The MET is a network of six small public high schools in Providence and Newport that put the emphasis on vocational training and experiential learning.

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City Council Honors Black History Month With Exhibit

On Thursday, February 14, 2019 a new exhibit will open to the public on the day of Frederick Douglass’ believed date of birth. The exhibit shares the story of the African American Community in South Providence, commemorating a history full of both triumphs and struggles.

In honor of Black History Month, the Providence City Council and Providence City Archives partnered to create the exhibit “South Side: Where Providence Begins,” which will be showcased throughout the month of February until April 12, 2019. Located on the third floor of City Hall, the display showcases archival documents and historic information including maps, city documents, newspaper articles and biographies.

City Council Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11), the Chairwoman of the Black History Committee and Councilman Luis Aponte (Ward 10), Co-Chairman will host the official opening ceremony for the exhibit on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. “This year we are shinning the spotlight on South Providence as a whole,” stated Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris. “People of color came to this City with limited resources and transformed South Providence into the vibrant neighborhood that it is today. Through this exhibit we are highlighting this resilient community and how they have shaped the history of Providence.”

“South Side: Where Providence Begins” is an homage to a region, whom many consider, the cultural and ethnic melting pot of Rhode Island. The exhibit is narrated through the social and historical lens of the African American community. From the post-WWII era; through the Civil Rights, education, and the Fair Housing Movement of the 60s, 70s & 80s; to the present, this exhibit explores the diaspora, adversity, growth, and achievement of African Americans – and people of color – who inhabit Wards 9, 10, & 11 of Providence.

Curated tours will be every Thursday starting at noon on the third floor of City Hall. Tours will also be available upon request by calling the Providence City Council Office at (401) 521-7477.

City Council Creates Special Committee on Public Safety

Council President Sabina Matos has created a special committee to examine public safety in municipal-owned buildings and has tapped Councilman James Taylor to lead the effort.

“After much discussion with my colleagues I decided to create a special committee to explore public safety in our city-owned facilities,” stated City Council President Sabina Matos. “City Hall and other municipal buildings are used for public meetings, and although we have security protocols in place, there is always more we can do to ensure the safety of all that visit and work in our facilities.”

 The Special Committee on Public Safety will include:

  • Councilman James E. Taylor, Chair
  • Council President Pro Tempore Michael J. Correia, Vice-Chair
  • Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr.
  • Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris
  • Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller

Councilman James E. Taylor stated, “Public safety is only discussed during the budget season, and we need to be proactive instead of reactive.  I believe that this committee can address some of these public safety issues that we face. In addition to looking at the security and safety of public buildings, we will be addressing the current challenges of having our E911 CAD system upgraded to receive ANI (Automatic Number Identification) and ALI (Automatic Location Identifier) to make Police and Fire Dispatch more efficient.  The Committee will also address why the Providence Fire Department, the Country’s second oldest paid Fire Department, does not currently have a dedicated Chief and hasn’t for the past four years. We live in turbulent times, and as a life-long public safety officer I believe in preparedness, and that’s my goal for this committee.”

The Special Committee on Public Safety will meet regularly and will work closely with all stakeholders, including public safety officials in the city and the state.

16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris reminds us all to be the best street sweepers we can be at Providence’s 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony hosted by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza.

In 1967, Dr. King in a speech to a group of middle school students in Philadelphia stated: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

Congratulations to Shawndell Burney-Speaks, Detective Anthony Roberson, and to the family of the late Laura Rodriguez who live, and lived, in service to others. They each were the best street sweepers Providence has to offer.

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