Ward 15

Councilwoman Sabina Matos

Sabina Matos was first elected to the Providence City Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2018. She represents Ward 15, which includes Olneyville as well as parts of the Silver Lake and Valley neighborhoods. In 2015, Matos became the first Latina elected as Council President Pro Tempore in Providence’s history. In January of 2019 she was elected by a majority of her peers as the first Latina City Council President.



Ward 15: Olneyville, Silver Lake, Valley

Ward 15 is located on the Southwest end of the city and covers the neighborhoods of Olneyville, Valley, and portions of Silver Lake.

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A New Year’s Message from Council President Sabina Matos – Mensaje de Año Nuevo de la Presidenta del Consejo, Sabina Matos

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families the very best in the New Year.

Our neighbors are the pinnacle of hard work, compassion, and goodwill. My City Council colleagues and I are grateful and honored to serve you every single day.

As we gather with our families and friends to usher in this new decade, let us also come together as a community. We’ve grown a lot these past 10 years, but there’s still work to be done.

We are entering 2020 with some familiar challenges- lack of affordable housing, our struggling school system, episodic violence- but also with new opportunities to make real progress in these areas.

I am confident that with your continued diligence and passion, we will confront these challenges head-on and make the progress needed to move our city ahead.

I look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead of us in 2020.

Happy New Year!

Sabina Matos, President
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 15

Quiero aprovechar esta oportunidad para desearles a ustedes y a sus familias lo mejor en el Año Nuevo.

Nuestros vecinos son el pináculo del trabajo duro, la compasión y la buena voluntad. Mis colegas del Consejo Municipal y yo estamos agradecidos y honrados de servirle todos los días.

Al reunirnos con nuestras familias y amigos para inaugurar esta nueva década, vamos a unirnos también como comunidad. Hemos crecido mucho estos últimos 10 años, pero aún hay trabajo por hacer.

Estamos entrando en 2020 con algunos retos familiares: falta de vivienda asequible, nuestro sistema escolar en dificultades, violencia episódica, pero también con nuevas oportunidades para hacer progresos reales en estas áreas.

Estoy segura de que, con su constante diligencia y pasión, nos enfrentaremos a estos desafíos de frente y hacer el progreso necesario para hacer avanzar nuestra ciudad.

Espero con interés las oportunidades que nos esperan en 2020.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Sabina Matos, Presidenta
Cosenjo Municipal de Providence
Concejal – Distrito 15

Statement from City Council President Sabina Matos Regarding RIDE’s Financial Analysis of Providence Schools

Statement from Council President Sabina Matos Regarding RIDE’s Summary Financial Analysis of the Providence Public Schools:

In July I sponsored a resolution asking for a Financial Audit of the Providence Public School Department. Although this is not a full audit but an analysis, I commend Commissioner Infante-Green and RIDE for also making this a priority. Financially, the future of our schools isn’t as grim as some of us had thought. While the report identifies inefficiencies and inadequacies in how we use our tax dollars, it also presents an opportunity to make changes; especially for our EL and Special Education students. I look forward to collaborating with the Commissioner and RIDE on the hard work that lays ahead.

Sabina Matos, President
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 15

Statement from Council President Sabina Matos Regarding Hive Hotel TSA

Two weeks ago I pulled together a coalition of my colleagues to discharge an item from the Council’s Committee on Finance pertaining to a Tax Stabilization Agreement for the property located at 203 Westminster Street, which would become the Hive Hotel.  This building, located directly across the street from City Hall, sticks out as a sore reminder that opportunities to redevelop our most endangered buildings don’t come around often. We have an opportunity today to save these storied buildings, while creating much-needed access to jobs, and funding for our parks and affordable housing initiatives.

I want to thank my colleagues who joined me in supporting this important redevelopment proposal in the core of our City center, because jobs, historic preservation, and inviting economic opportunities for our residents and our city, is one of the Council’s top priorities.

Throughout this process we have heard from community groups regarding workers’ rights and benefits, and I want you to know that I heard you. As we move forward with our TSA program we are looking at ways to incorporate those voices into future language to ensure that workers’ rights are better represented. I thank all those that came to our meetings and spoke out on the project.


Sabina Matos, President
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 15

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