Ward 11

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris has been on the City Council since 2014, and 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.



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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Statement on Hope Point Tower from Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Since last Friday, I have been inundated with calls, texts, and emails asking me where I stand on the issue of the Hope Point Tower.  Since this development was proposed, I have remained neutral and steadfast in my request to find out more information on the project and what it truly means for the City of Providence, and more specifically, for my neighbors in Ward 11.

Since even before taking office,  my interests and goals for my community have focused on equitable housing, and how the Council as the legislative body of Providence can reduce the tax burden for our citizens. Since this project first came before the Committee on Ordinances, I have been talking with stakeholders, community members, advocates, and those opposed to this project to gain a fuller picture of how a development of this magnitude would help or hurt the city I love.

It’s clear to me why many oppose this project, but it is less clear why and what the real, long-lasting benefits are for this City and my neighbors.  I’ve read that I have little time to come to a conclusion on this matter, but I am working hard on behalf of my neighbors and all citizens of Providence to come to a decision that will be in our best interest.

Finally, as a former a tradeswoman (yes, I was a welder), I am in full support of our tradespeople and our unions. I know full well what this kind of project can mean for the men and women who work to build our City every day.  However, I am thinking about and reflecting on the totality of this project.

To all those who have offered support, guidance, and advice, or shared insight, I am grateful. Governing should never be done in a vacuum, and I am very proud of how my colleagues on the City Council have engaged in spirited debate and discussion on this matter.

Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman – Ward 11

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Providence City Councilors Help to Secure Location for Family Carnival

The Providence City Council helped secure a location in South Providence for a carnival for children and families of that neighborhood and beyond. Family-owned Rockwell Amusements’ midway will be located between Point and Eddy Streets from April 27 to May 6.

City Councilors Michael Correia, Mary Kay Harris, and Luis A. Aponte worked with Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital to secure a location for the carnival on a piece of hospital property located across the street from Lifespan’s Coro Center.

“As City Councilors, we know that events like carnivals are not always something that our community members can access,” stated Councilman Michael Correia (Ward 6). “We’re thrilled to be able to help find a location for this event with support from our community partner Rhode Island Hospital.”

“Rhode Island Hospital is happy to work with the Providence City Council to secure a location for the carnival in the neighborhood we share with so many residents and businesses of South Providence. My hope is that the children and families in our surrounding communities have a safe and enjoyable time,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, president of Rhode Island Hospital.

Lifespan will also provide free parking to carnival patrons at the Coro Center garage, and a surface lot at 139 Point St. Street parking will also be available on one side of Hospital and Globe streets.

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) shared that “we’re grateful to Lifespan for their commitment to community and for providing a location for the carnival and also offering free parking during the event.”

City councilors will be distributing bracelets to community groups in South Providence for free carnival rides.

“I want to thank our partners at Lifespan for their willingness to work with us and Rockwell Amusements in order to make this festival possible on the Southside of the city,” said Councilman Luis A. Aponte (Ward 10). “The festival will bring together families from around our community and city, and I’m grateful to Rockwell for providing free admission for many of  our young people who would not otherwise be able to attend.”

Carnival hours will be from 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris to Host Special Event Celebrating International Women’s Day

Providence City Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) along with the community group, SISTA FIRE RI, will be hosting a celebration in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Noon.  The event will take place in The Aldermen’s Chamber on the third floor of City Hall.  Rhode Island’s Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will serve as the keynote speaker.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with SISTA FIRE to bring the community together to celebrate International Women’s Day,” stated Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris. “Our goal is to bring women and men together for a discussion on the importance of the role women play in our society.  It’s my hope that by sharing stories of our achievements and our failures that we can all learn from our unique experiences.”

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The day is celebrated annually on March 8.

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