Council President Luis Aponte Issues Statement Regarding Today’s Special Meeting

PROVIDENCE, RI—Providence City Council President Luis Aponte today issued the following statement regarding the March 13th special meeting to schedule the recall election for Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Jackson: “In compliance with the Providence City Charter, this matter was already on the docket for our regularly scheduled Council Meeting this Thursday, March 16th,” said Aponte. “The confusion around whether a special meeting was needed prior to that is a direct result of a conflict in state election laws and those laid out in the City Charter: state law requires a recall date to be set within 50 days of the…
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RIDOC Announces Correctional Officer Recruitment Campaign Kickoff

CRANSTON, – March, 2017 – The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is inviting men and women who are looking for a challenging career opportunity to consider becoming a Correctional Officer. Individuals interested in applying for a spot in the Training Academy for Class 82 can fill out an application online at Applications will be accepted March 1st – March 22nd, 2017. The RIDOC is an equal opportunity/diversity employer, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who have questions may call the Training Academy at 401-462-JOBS. Optional two-hour information sessions will be conducted on: Tuesday, March 14,…
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Mayor Fung’s Remarks on Voting Irregularities in Cranston

Over the course of the past year, much has been made at every level – local, state, and national – about ensuring the sanctity of our elections. There are rules – strict rules – on who can cast a vote. By and large we take it for granted that our elections are clean and fair, but we must be ever vigilant in protecting the system. When the system is taken advantage of, we must confront it head on. And this is what we are doing here today. Over the course of the past few weeks, as a result of our…
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Statement by secretary of state Nellie m. Gorbea on alleged Voting Irregularities in Cranston

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung held a press conference where he described alleged voter irregularities that took place in his city during the November Election. The law is clear: only citizens are eligible to vote and you can only vote once. Anyone who breaks the law should be held accountable and I expect these allegations to be fully investigated. I am committed to ensuring that elections are fair, fast and accurate in Rhode Island. That is why, working closely with the State Board of Elections, I have convened an Elections Task Force and brought together stakeholders to review the past election,…
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Raimondo Announces “1,000 by ’20” Clean Energy Goal

1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 NORTH KINGSTOWN, - Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a strategic goal today to increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 10 times by the end of 2020. In 2016, the baseline year for this goal, Rhode Island had approximately 100 megawatts of clean energy. Since then, Rhode Island has become the first and still only state with an operational off-shore wind farm. "Every step we take toward a clean energy future is a step toward a stronger, more sustainable environment and economy. Our commitment to expand our clean energy portfolio…
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Minority Leader Patricia Morgan Travels to Thailand to Help Women Candidates International Republican Institute Seeks to Strengthen Developing Democracies

STATE HOUSE -- House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick), recently returned from a trip to Bangkok, Thailand, where she helped train women who are interested in running for Parliament. Representative Morgan taught sessions on policy development in conjunction with the International Republican Institute. "I have been a volunteer with IRI and their Women's Democracy Network for over 12 years," explained Representative Morgan. "The goal of this training was to help and encourage woman in developing democracies to run for elective office and participate in strengthening democratic governance in their countries. As it is here at…
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As Raimondo Stumps for Free College, U.S. News Ranks Rhode Island No. 8 in America for College Readiness

College Board Ranks Rhode Island in Top Five for AP Improvement; Rhode Island High School Graduation Rates Increase PROVIDENCE, RI - As Governor Gina M. Raimondo pushes to make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to guarantee every student two years of free college tuition, News & World Report has released its inaugural 'Best States' rankings which show Rhode Island is among the top 10 states for college readiness. The new ranking comes a week after the College Board released data that shows Rhode Island ranks among the top five fastest improving states for Advanced Placement performance. Additionally,…
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Lunch with Langevin in West Warwick

Quarterly Event Open to Constituents WARWICK, - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) will host one of his quarterly Lunch with Langevin events on Saturday, March 11, at noon at the Cowesett Inn in West Warwick. This is Langevin's 10th Lunch with Langevin, having previously visited Coventry, Narragansett, Scituate, Providence, Westerly, Burrillville, Cranston, North Kingstown, and Warwick. Lunch with Langevin is a public forum that enables constituents of the Second District to meet one-on-one with Langevin to ask questions or share their concerns on any issues they wish to discuss. Constituent caseworkers are also on hand to provide constituents with additional resources…
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RI State Police Hires Law Enforcement Expert to Review Agency and Recommend Strategies to Improve Recruitment and Training

The Rhode Island State Police has hired a nationally recognized law enforcement expert to assess the agency’s policies and procedures and recommend strategies to improve recruitment, training and administrative actions. Colonel Ann Assumpico proposed the review last fall, when she was first appointed Superintendent of State Police to help identify improvements particularly with regards to attracting, training and retaining a racially and gender-diverse department. Colonel Assumpico noted that the Rhode Island State Police already meets the rigorous professional standards required for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). However, law enforcement agencies across the country are…
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Governor Raimondo Visits Tolman High School

PAWTUCKET, RI - Tuesday, Mayor Donald Grebien and Superintendent Patricia DiCenso welcomed Governor Gina Raimondo to Tolman High School to address students on the importance of postsecondary education and training, including the State's efforts to provide training programs and college scholarships for Rhode Island students. "As an urban community, we continue to make strategic investments in our schools to ensure that our students are prepared for life after high school," said Mayor Grebien. "The Rhode Island Promise Scholarship will create a seamless pathway for students and position our economy for the future. I thank the Governor and the General Assembly…
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