Councilman David Salvatore has been a member of the Providence City Council in 2010. He represents the neighborhoods Elmhurst and Wanskuck neighborhoods. Councilman Salvatore has been a strong advocate of financial and pension reform in the city. As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pension Sustainability, he oversaw the drafting of a report that made recommendations designed to stabilize the pension system and reduce the system’s unfunded liability.
Ward 14: Elmhurst and Wanskuck
Covering the neighborhoods of Elmhurst & Wanskuck, Ward 14 is located on the northwestern quadrant of the city. Here you'll find Providence College, La Salle Academy, and the ever-popular LaSalle Bakery. The Wanskuck Historic District was once the location of a thriving mill village built along the West River. The mills have since closed but many of the buildings are still there, located, including The Wanskuck Public Library. This historic building is located on Veazie Street. The current building replaced the original library that was built by the Wanskuck Mill Company for it's workers. Though the mill is closed, the library is still a going concern. In 1983, the historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today marks the conclusion of a sad chapter in Providence’s history. For far too long, city government in our capital city has been under a cloud of suspicion and shame as a litany of elected officials were charged with felonies. As the judicial process winds down on this and other pending matters, I hope our city can move forward.
I am glad that former Councilman Jackson has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading no contest to the charges against him, and that he has agreed to repay funds he embezzled from a youth organization. I hope this serves as a lesson to any elected official who thinks they can use their position for personal game. It is a new day in Providence and in Rhode Island, and the backroom dealings and shady politics of yesterday will no longer be tolerated.
David A. Salvatore, President, Providence City Council
Council President David Salvatore met with Providence resident Sarath Suong in celebration of his Naturalization Ceremony and presented him with a citation from the Providence City Council
It is ironic that individuals who sat idly by while colleagues used their City Council and campaign accounts as personal piggy banks suddenly feel the need to spring into action. There are members of the City Council who support a culture of corruption, and they owe the residents of Providence an explanation and an apology.
I should not have raised my voice to Councilwoman Castillo. However, I will not apologize for feeling passionately that women and minorities should have a much greater stake in our city’s business dealings. I am disgusted that my colleagues would rather take cheap shots at me instead of taking action on important issues
Last night, I told Councilwomen Matos, Ryan and Castillo that they were playing politics, and they should be ashamed. I stand by that. We all, as elected officials, should be embarrassed that in a majority-minority city, where women make up approximately half the population, participation by minority- and women-owned businesses in city dealings is a paltry two percent.
I think we can see this for what it really is: a thinly veiled political attack and power grab. The false outrage generated by some political opponents is insincere and overwrought. The same councilors criticizing me for my tone also stood by and supported those under criminal indictment. The political motivation behind their exaggerated outrage is transparent. I will continue to advocate for this critical issue.
Councilwoman Matos owes the residents of Providence an apology for her failure to take any action when she saw corruption happening in the City Council, and for continuing to support the people she knows are corrupt. Where were her calls for apologies when her cronies, Councilmen Aponte and Jackson, were under criminal indictment? When one of them pleaded guilty and is now facing jail time, or when they racked up tens of thousands of dollars in campaign fines? Where was her leadership when it mattered?
David A. Salvatore, City Council President – Councilman, Ward 14