STATEMENT OF COUNCIL MEMBERS WILBUR JENNINGS, JR., NICHOLAS NARDUCCI, DAVID SALVATORE, SETH YURDIN AND SAMUEL ZURIER CONCERNING THE INFRASTRUCTURE BOND

Providence City Council members Wilbur Jennings, Jr., Nicholas
Narducci, David Salvatore, Seth Yurdin and Samuel Zurier issued a statement
today concerning the City Council leadership’s failure to approve a ‘clean’
infrastructure bond which will appear on the November ballot:

“It is troubling that the City Council leadership has continued
to demand member-controlled slush funds rather than pass a ‘clean’
infrastructure bond. They have placed political gamesmanship above our
residents’ interest. Their choice will deprive the City of necessary
resources to repair streets, sidewalks, sewers, bridges and parks – all
critical to economic development, jobs and quality of life in our city. We
support Mayor Elorza’s firm stand against their proposal. Equally
troubling is the leadership’s claim that fiscal constraints drove their
inability to pass the ‘clean’ bond. All of those constraints were well
known when they advanced their initial «slush fund” ordinance in July and
their second proposal just two weeks ago.”