Ward 15

Councilwoman Sabina Matos

Sabina Matos was first elected to the Providence City Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. 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.

 

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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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Statement From City Council President Pro Tempore Sabina Matos

I was disappointed and deeply offended to learn of Council President Salvatore’s outbursts and disrespectful verbal assault towards two of my colleagues.  The unfortunate irony is that Council President Salvatore berated them for “not supporting women.” Is this how he supports women?

This behavior is unacceptable regardless of the circumstances, even more so when dealing with two Councilwomen. We must have zero tolerance for this type of abusive and bullying behavior demonstrated by Council President Salvatore.

Council President Salvatore needs to issue a public apology immediately and enroll in anger management and sensitivity training, which would be required of any city employee who engaged in such abhorrent behavior.

Sabina Matos, Council President Pro Tempore

Providence Ward 15 Parks Receive Upgrades

Providence City Councilwoman Sabina Matos (Ward 15) announces several completed community park projects in her Ward, and several more about to begin. These projects range from building concession stands, to improving current park landscapes.

“I believe that recreation and access to green spaces are paramount to the quality of life in our neighborhood,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Sabina Matos. “Over the past year, I have worked with the Providence Parks Department to improve and redevelop many of our green spaces. This has been an exciting year, and I can’t wait to see all these projects come to fruition.”

Much of the funding for these projects has come from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), City Council Neighborhood Infrastructure Funds, Eagle Square TIF funds, and other grants.

Breakdown of Community Park Projects

Joslin Playground:
Completed: Installation of shade sail, new fitness equipment, Water Park, soccer field, and landscaping.
In Progress: New entrance to be located on the Kossuth side parking lot.

James Ahern Park:
In Progress: Backstop and fence repairs, foul line pole, updated players’ area that includes benches and dugouts, infield renovations, and new signage.

Clarence Street Playground:
Completed: Outdoor classroom and new higher quality benches have been installed.
In Progress: Installation of additional play piece, fence repair, and replacement.

Riverside Park:
In Progress: Construction of parking lot, landscaping, repairs to the swale, renovations to the bike path, and signage.

Donigian Park:
Completed: Areas near Barstow Street received new seating from Downcity Designs and fitness equipment fabricated by the Steelyard and a soccer field.
In Progress: Construction of new concession stand, restroom facilities, turf and irrigation improvements. (Community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm in the park.)

For more information on Providence Parks, visit www.providnceri.gov/providence-parks, or call the City Council Office at 401-521-7477.

Providence City Council Committee on Finance Sends Fiscal Year 2019 Budget to Council for Vote

Fiscally responsible budget holds the line on taxes, implements public safety enhancement programs, preserves historical assets, improves quality of life in every Providence neighborhood

The Providence City Council Committee on Finance tonight voted approve the recommendation of the FY2019 $748 Million city budget, which is now forwarded to the City Council for passage.

The budget is the result of collaboration between the City Council and City Administration with the ultimate goal of producing a fiscally responsible budget that includes no tax increases; invests in schools, safety and neighborhoods; enhances public safety; preserves significant historical assets; and improves the quality of life in every Providence neighborhood.

“I am pleased to announce that we are holding the line on tax increases, ensuring that our yearly fiduciary responsibility to the pension fund is met in full, and investing in quality of life initiatives to benefit all Providence neighborhoods – like the Council’s initiative to save the Federal Hill fountain located in DePasquale Plaza,” said Committee on Finance Chairman and Council Majority Leader John Igliozzi. “I am grateful for the hard work of the Finance Committee and for the cooperation of every City department that sat before us.  The budget process is not easy, sometimes even contentious; but in the end we all want the same thing – a budget that efficiently and effectively utilizes taxpayer dollars and serves the people of Providence – and we believe we have achieved that end.”

“The review and passage of the budget is one of the most important duties of the City Council, and this budget prioritizes spending to support our public schools and enhance safety and quality of life in all city neighborhoods,” stated Council President David A. Salvatore. “Every year the Committee on Finance is tasked with reviewing the budget and ensuring that it serves the constituents of our city. The process is inclusive and I am proud of the way this body has worked to ensure those principles.”

Council-led budget initiatives include:

Holding the line on all tax rates, providing residents and business owners with the certainty they need to prosper.

No less than 35% of the revenue garnered from portable speed camera violations will be used on school safety and other traffic calming measures. The goal of the speed cameras was always to make Providence streets and schools safer, and the City Council has made this a priority.

Restored Neighborhood Infrastructure Fund (NIF) to help ensure that any unexpected brick and mortar projects that arise in FY 2019 can be addressed. This fund has a positive impact on our neighborhoods and helps to improve the quality of life for all residents of Providence.

Enhancing the quality of life in Providence neighborhoods and improving city services through infrastructure improvements, public safety initiatives, and school and parks improvements.

Saving, preserving and maintaining Providence’s beloved historical landmarks, including the fountain in Federal Hill’s DePasquale Plaza, as well as other significant monuments throughout the City.

Bringing the City’s original charter back to City Hall for display to the public, as well as ensuring the preservation of important historical City artifacts.

The City Council will hold special meetings on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, where the budget will receive its first vote from the Council. Once passed, the second and final vote will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The Council’s Committee on Finance is comprised of:

Majority Leader John J. Igliozzi, Chair

Senior Deputy Majority Leader Terrence M. Hassett, Vice Chair

Council President Pro Tempore Sabina Matos

Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan

Councilwoman Carmen Castillo

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