Statement from City Council President David A. Salvatore

Yesterday I welcomed Mayor Elorza into the Council Chambers to offer his proposed budget for the City of Providence. I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues on the Council to ensure a budget that is both fiscally responsible and addresses some of the most critical issues facing our city. The City Council is looking forward to deliberating the budget and hearing from City departments. Affordable Housing — The housing market is strong, but we need more affordable housing in Providence. It has been suggested that our city will need roughly 20,000 units within the next ten…
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Reed, Whitehouse to Host Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, April 28

WARWICK, RI - On Saturday, April 28, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will host a Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools across Rhode Island. The event will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick. This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies. "I am very proud each year to nominate outstanding young Rhode Islanders…
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Raimondo Administration, Commerce Corporation Board Approve 50th Innovation Voucher

  PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation tonight approved three Innovation Vouchers, bringing the total amount of Innovation Voucher recipients to 50.   All three award recipients are in the manufacturing industry, utilizing the program's recent expansion which allows Rhode Island manufacturers to conduct research and development internally. With these awards, there have now been 50 Innovation Voucher recipients, totaling an investment of $ million.   "Rhode Island's economy is on the move and there are more Rhode Islanders working today than at any point in the last decade,"…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests Former Warwick Lawyer for Embezzlement

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the State Police Financial Crimes Unit today arrested a Warwick lawyer who had been disbarred last summer after self-reporting the theft of more than $ million from clients. Vincent J. Mitchell, age 57 of 36 Mapledale St., Unit B, Coventry Rhode Island, was arrested earlier today on an Affidavit/Arrest Warrant charging him with 10 counts of Embezzlement and Fraudulent Conversion over $100. The investigation was the result of a voluntary admission Mr. Mitchell made to the Rhode…
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Rep. Nardolillo Extremely Disappointed About Animal Cruelty Case

Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28 Coventry) is upset over the recent court case involving an Exeter man convicted on two counts of animal cruelty. Police raided the home of an Exeter man in December and found nearly 100 animals living in unsanitary conditions including dogs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats. Last week the man in question was convicted of two charges including overwork, mistreatment or failure to feed animals and unnecessary cruelty to animals. He was only fined $200 for his actions leaving many animal advocacy groups upset over the court’s decision. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention…
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Minority Leader Patricia Morgan Continues to Demand AG Release Google Funds for School Safety

STATE HOUSE -- House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, W. Warwick) continues to call on the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General to release nearly $23 million in Google settlement funds to upgrade security in Rhode Island schools. “The Office of Attorney General was given $60 million in 2012 as part of the $230 million Google settlement for law enforcement purposes,” said Leader Morgan. “Since then, the office has spent nearly two thirds of the money on purchases that are much less important than our children and teachers’ safety, including high-end tablets and accessories, lapel pins, generator…
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Rep. Lancia Raises Concerns about Relocating Psychiatric Patients to the Training School

STATE HOUSE -- Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) is alarmed about plans to move some of the most dangerous psychiatric patients in Rhode Island to the Training School in Cranston. The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) has been renovating the Roosevelt Benton Center at the Training School with plans to move patients from Eleanor Slater Hospital to the facility after construction is completed in June. These would include the state’s forensic population comprised of some of Rhode Island’s most dangerous psychiatric patients including individuals convicted of violent crimes. “I am worried about the safety of…
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Rhode Island Four-Year Graduation Rate Rises to 84 Percent

  PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education announced today that the 2017 four-year graduation rate rose to percent, a percentage point increase over 2016, and an 8 point increase since 2010. Rhode Island saw slight improvements among certain student subgroups in the Class of 2017, as well, including a percentage point increase for black students, a increase for students with disabilities, and a increase for low-income students.   The graduation rate for Hispanic students increased only slightly, by .3 percentage points, and went down points for English learners.   “While the overall trend in graduation rates is encouraging,…
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Shower To Empower

What is Shower to Empower? Shower to Empower is a mobile navigation unit operated and funded through a partnership between the House of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC), Team Williams, LLC, and the City of Providence. Shower to Empower is a one of a kind model and uniquely links basic needs such as complimentary showers and haircuts with case management and medical navigation services in a mobile delivery model. It is aimed to provide assistance and restore dignity to Rhode Island’s experiencing homelessness, ultimately making connections to essential services. About the Unit: The unit is a customized 20’ x ’…
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