Ward 6

Councilman Michael Correia

Councilman Michael Correia has been a member of City Council since 2011. In January of 2019 he was elected by a majority of his peers to serve as the Council’s President Pro Tempore. He represents Ward 6, which includes the neighborhoods of Manton and Mount Pleasant. Councilman Correia Chairman of the Committee on Public Works; Vice Chairman of the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning; and is a member of the Committee on Claims and Pending Suits.

 

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Pro Tem Correia Unveils New Radar Guns and Speed Sleds

Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia (Ward 6), Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15), and members of the Providence Police Department unveiled the latest equipment to enhance public safety at a press conference yesterday. The department is now equipped with 12 new radar guns and 3 new speed sleds and will be deployed throughout the City.

“Speeding is the biggest problem that our residents face, it creates a danger to pedestrians and especially our children but now local law enforcement can respond in the most effective way using this new technology,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia. “Our neighborhoods are not a racetrack for motorists and we finally have the resources to combat reckless driving. These LIDAR radar guns will also reduce the number of Municipal Court dates because the accuracy and reliability of the measurements are firm. We want drivers to be more aware and to obey the laws of the road.”

Joining the Council President and the Council Pro Tempore were Major Michael Correia, Lt. Patrick Reddy, Representative Raymond Hull, and other officers from the Providence Police Department.

Council President Sabina Matos stated, “In Providence we aim to create an environment where families feel safe, which is why we have invested in traffic calming measures. My Council colleagues and I look forward to seeing how this new technology will improve the quality of life in our residential neighborhoods and promote cautious driving habits.”

Radar speed guns are hand-held devices that measure the speed of vehicles when pointed at them by detecting a change in frequency of the returned radar signal. A speed sled is a stationary device that uses a radar frequency to detect the speed of vehicles and logs the data for use in traffic studies. This bundle of new equipment cost $108K. Officers will undergo certification training in compliance with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines before operating the speed measurement devices.

City Council Passes Pride Resolution

City Council Passes Resolution Welcoming June as Pride Month

At the June 6, 2019 City Council meeting Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) and Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller (Ward 13) introduced a resolution welcoming the month of June as PRIDE month in Providence. The resolution was unanimously passed by the full council.

“Providence is a city that welcomes everyone, regardless of their gender, race, orientation, religion or how they identify,” stated City Council President Sabina Matos. “As a Catholic, I was deeply hurt by the remarks of Bishop Tobin regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, and believe that God welcomes all and stand by Mark 12:31, ‘The second {commandment} is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which many consider being the catalyst that moved the gay liberation movement forward. In the early hours of June 28, 1969 Trans-women and men, gays, lesbians, and their ally’s took to the streets after continued abuse at the hands of the New York City Police in a series of riots that would propel the movement forward to where we are today.

“We can’t forget that Pride’s origin was a broad social movement for equity and inclusion. That’s especially true in today’s political climate while the LGBTQIA community is organizing to stop a national rollback on some hard-won victories,” Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller stated. “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I was angered by Bishop Tobin’s recent comments but I’m proud to create an opportunity for elected officials to be on the side of love and on the side of affirming and supporting our LGBTQIA+ community.”

The first Pride march in Providence took place in 1976 when over 70 brave men and women, marched in Kennedy Plaza, after winning the right to do so after a court battle handled by the ACLU. They were taunted by police and residents alike, yet they were not deterred. Today, known as the “76’ers,” Belle Pelegrino one of the original marchers, told The Providence Journal that, “We totally expected that when we stepped into the plaza, gunfire was going to come. We thought we were going to die.”

As noted by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, CNN, and countless other news outlets the Trump administration has continually rolled back almost every single LGBTQIA+ protection that were put in place by previous administrations. This is why the City Council believes it is more important than ever to memorialize and codify their support for all members of our community.

Pride is celebrated around the world during the month of June, in recognition of the Stonewall Riots that took place on the morning of June 28, 1969. This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of Providence Pride which has grown from a march of 70 men and women to a weekend celebration that brings 1000’s of people to our city in celebration of equality and love.

In 2018, the City Council officially recognized the month of June as Pride Month in perpetuity and was passed by the full Council. The Providence City Council celebrates and recognizes the contributions, struggles, risks, and many identities of Providence’s LGBQIA+ community and their families and proudly affirms that love is love.

The City Council recognizes and thanks Rhode Island Pride for all they do to for the community not just on Pride weekend, but throughout the year. Pride takes place on Saturday, June 15 with Pridefest taking place along South Main Street (North from Memorial Boulevard and South Water Street to the South ending at Wickenden Street) from 12 pm – 7 pm. It will culminate in New England’s only illuminated night Pride Parade that begins at 8 pm and will travel down Dorrance Street, to Washington Street, to Empire Street and ends on Weybosset Street. This year’s theme is #LiveYourTruth.

For more information on Rhode Island Pride, please visit prideri.org.

City Council President Pro Tempore Correia Announces Public Safety Upgrades in Ward Six

City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia announced planned public safety upgrades in Ward Six with the installation of speed lumps and more speed patrols by the Providence Police Department.

“I meet with residents every single day, and the complaint I hear the most is about how unsafe they feel walking in our neighborhoods,” stated City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia. “The issue is that too many people use our city streets like speedways. With the installation of speed lumps strategically placed throughout the Ward, and an increase in Police patrols we will see calmer and safer streets.”

The speed lumps will be located at:

  • Riverdale Street
  • Parnell Street
  • Maplehurst Street
  • Montrose Street
  • 78 Leah Street
  • Gray Street (Between Fowler and Fairview)

The Providence Police Department was asked by President Pro Tempore Correia to increase patrols in the area of Manton Avenue, Amherst Street, and Academy Avenue.

Pro Tempore Correia continued, “ATVs and Dirt Bikes have long been a nuisance in our community, and I have worked to create policies that address this issue. We are serious, and if you are caught on the streets on one of these vehicles you will be ticketed, and the police will confiscate and potentially destroy your property.”

All traffic calming measures in Ward Six are ongoing and will be completed by the end of summer.

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