Raimondo Administration Announces Choice for DCYF Director

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts today announced Dr. Trista D. Piccola as their choice to lead the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). The Governor will submit her name to the Rhode Island State Senate today for their advice and consent. "Dr. Piccola has dedicated her career to improving the wellbeing of children, families and communities," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "She brings to this new role a strong background in child welfare and extensive government leadership experience. I am very pleased to have recruited strong, permanent leadership that will…
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Providence Shooting

S. Water Street/Memorial Blvd Shooting Providence, RI- Today, January 9th at approximately 12:00 police were dispatched to the area of South Water Street/Memorial Blvd for a report of a shooting. After a description was aired of the suspect vehicle, police pursued the vehicle until it was stopped near Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, near Route 95. Two occupants of the vehicle were taken into police custody for questioning and have not been charged at this time. The victim is identified as Matthew DePina, age 22, of Pawtucket. DePina is in serious condition at this time. The investigation is ongoing and there…
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Governor Raimondo to Deliver State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 17

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo will deliver her annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Rhode Island General Assembly on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 The State of the State address will provide the Governor an opportunity to outline her ongoing efforts to create and expand economic opportunities for every Rhode Islander and ensure that all Rhode Islanders have the skills they need to compete. The Governor's office submitted a formal letter to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed earlier today requesting the opportunity to address the chambers. In the…
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Raimondo Announces Goal to Help Level the Playing Field for Minority-Owned Businesses

Puts Plan in Motion to Double MBE Utilization Rate For State Contracts by 2020 PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced a new performance goal to level the playing field and expand economic opportunity for all Rhode Islanders by doubling the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE/Disability-Owned BE) utilization rate for state contracts by 2020. The Governor signed two executive orders creating a Diversity in Construction Working Group and an Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity (ODEO) Advisory Council to reinforce these efforts. "We've made progress in opening doors for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by people…
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First Gentleman host Advanced Coursework Network student panel discussion

Providence - First Gentleman Andy Moffit moderate a student panel discussion on the benefits of participating in the state’s Advanced Coursework Network, a catalog of courses offered through community partner organizations and participating higher education institutions. The network, pioneered by Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Education, gives students across Rhode Island the chance to take free, high-quality advanced coursework that would not normally be available in the classroom. Last fall, more than 180 Providence Public School students enrolled in ACN courses through Roger Williams University, Providence Afterschool Alliance (PASA) and Astro Curricular. Also in attendance will…
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Study finds issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented Rhode Islanders would mean safer roads

issuing driver's licenses to undocumented Rhode Islanders would mean safer roads, study finds Legal/policy analysis by RWU School of Law and Latino Policy Institute also finds poverty rates fall faster in states providing undocumented immigrants with licenses PROVIDENCE, , January 5, 2017 - Issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities, according to a legal and policy analysis that the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Latino Policy Institute at RWU released on Thursday. The analysis found that Rhode Island has the largest percentage of uninsured motorists…
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Langevin Honored with Distinguished Public Service Award Recognition Comes from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

WASHINGTON, - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, was honored today with the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Navy's highest honor bestowed upon a civilian not employed by the Department. The award was presented by Admiral Craig Faller on behalf of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "I am humbled by this incredible honor, and grateful to have had the opportunity to support, in some small way, the important work of Secretary Mabus and all the brave men and women who serve our country in the United States Navy and across all branches…
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Mayor Fung’s 2017 Inaugural Address

Mayor Allan W. Fung’s 2017 Inauguration Address Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an incredible honor for me to be standing here tonight for my final inauguration as mayor of the great city of Cranston. Being mayor for the past eight years has been a remarkable journey and a true blessing. It’s a journey that fills me with pride when I look back on what we’ve accomplished, and fills me with hope and optimism when I look forward to the city’s future. To say I had my work cut out for me eight years ago would be an understatement. The city’s…
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Central Falls Police Appoint New Officer

CENTRAL FALLS – A swearing-in ceremony was conducted this afternoon at Central Falls City Hall. The candidate, Stephanie A. Ruano, a recent graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy was appointed by Mayor James A. Diossa and the police chief, Colonel James J. Mendonca, before an audience of friends; family members; city and state officials; and colleagues within the ranks of Central Falls Police Department. Officer Ruano, a city resident, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Johnson and Wales University – is also bilingual – and recently served the residents of Central Falls as a Public Safety…
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Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Public Schedule and Holiday Statement

PROVIDENCE, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today released the following statement, on the day before Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah: "The holiday season is a time to come together as Rhode Islanders and look to a bright and peaceful future with hope and optimism. We have so many blessings all around us - our friends, our family, and especially those who serve to keep us safe. As my family sits down for Christmas dinner this weekend, I will be incredibly thankful for all who work so hard to give back to our state. And I will be…
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