The Scoop: Avedisian Still Considering Running for Lt. Governor
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Avedisian Not Ruling Out Run for Lt. Governor
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian insists he is still weighing a run for Lieutenant Governor despite having raised only $100 last quarter.
"I haven't made a decision yet," Avedisian told GoLocal when asked about whether he was going to run. As for the lack of fundraising, the Warwick Mayor told GoLocal that he did not actively campaign last quarter.
The potential field for Lieutenant Governor includes Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee—both of which have stated that they plan on running. Neither individual has formally announced their candidacy.
Another possible contender in the upcoming race is Rep. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) who told GoLocal in September that he was "considering all options" when asked about a potential Lieutenant Governor run.
Current Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is unable to seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.
Although the election is over a year away, McKee currently holds a commanding fundraising lead over Mollis. In fact, the Cumberland Mayor currently has over $151,000 cash on hand, according to his second quarter fundraising reports, which cover April 1 through June 30. Shekarchi is not far behind with the $126,066.59 that he currently has in his war chest as of June 30.
Mollis, the former Mayor North Providence, currently has $6,635.61 cash on hand as of June 30, while Avedisian possesses $33,226.13 in his war chest. Unlike McKee and Mollis, Avedisian's financial information includes third quarter fundraising, which he filed earlier this month.
Source of data: ricampaignfinance.com
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Sionni Slams Taveras
Candidate Sionni blasts Taveras over Davey Lopes pool situation.
Providence City Council candidate Anthony Sionni issued the following statement to GoLocal regarding Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' refusal to budge on a plan to get rid of the Davey Lopes swimming pool.
"As far as I am concerned, Mayor Taveras is running a rigged game on the children in Providence. He changed the rules to make it harder for kids to access the public pools and used the drop on attendance as a justification to cement the Davey Lopes and Joslin Pools all in the name of saving a few bucks. At the same time he is giving top staffers big raises and free parking downtown that amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
"Our coalition has come to the table in good faith with money and real solutions to keep this resource open but Taveras won't let us help. The Mayor is hell bent on demolishing this pool. I have never been a fan of Mayor Taveras but I did not think he would turn out to be such a heartless guy.
"I don't think that Mayor Taveras has ever really cared about the City of Providence or its residents. I think he has only seen the Mayors office as a stepping stone to higher office. That's why he is in such a rush to leave after one term and run for Governor."
Election Day in W.G.
West Greenwich Voters to decide Charter Question on ballot.
In a special election today, voters in West Greenwich will decide on a proposed change to the West Greenwich Town Charter.
The Charter Commission met in August to revisit a proposed Charter amendment, which was not approved in the 2012 Election. The Charter Review Commission voted unanimously to place this question before the voters in an All Day Referendum.
Currently, the Town Clerk’s position is an elected post and the person elected is required to be a resident of West Greenwich. If approved, a Town Clerk could be removed for cause, as is the case with other Town employees and the residency requirement waived.
On today’s ballot, the question will read as follows: Shall the Town Clerk be appointed by the Town Council and the residency requirement waived; similar to other Town Department Heads?
The Town Clerk is responsible for all town records and recordings, probate issues, town council minutes, all licensing and operation of an office that processes all State and municipal mandates along with other local duties and responsibilities.
Currently, in the town of West Greenwich, all other department heads (Town Administrator, Chief of Police, Public Works Director, Tax Assessor, Planner, Treasurer, and Building Official) are hired by the Town Council with no residency requirement.
Polling location: West Greenwich Town Hall, 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Visit www.sos.ri.gov/vic for a sample ballot
New Municipal Fund
New Road, Bridge Revolving Fund draws $29 million in requests.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Gordon D. Fox and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo today announced the new Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund generated applications from 13 municipalities, requesting $29 million. The program, created and passed as part of the 2013 legislative session, was quickly implemented by the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency and the Department of Transportation.
The goal of the Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund is to take direct action on economic growth, while improving Rhode Island’s locally-maintained roads and bridges.
“We have taken a strategic policy proposal and turned it into action,” said Speaker Fox. “By establishing a sustainable funding stream, municipalities will be able to make long-term plans separate from the uncertainty of the annual budget appropriations process. It will also help the construction trades plan for steady work, keeping projects more cost-effective.”
“As leaders, our top priority is getting our economy moving again,” said General Treasurer Raimondo. “By implementing an innovative and cost-saving alternative for cities and towns to finance their road and bridge improvements, we are supporting an important economic cornerstone for our state and creating jobs.”
The Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund is administered by the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency. The General Assembly budget included $7 million to start the fund. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will now prioritize the municipal submissions from an engineering perspective. Clean Water is expected to make financing decisions by the beginning of 2014, in time for the spring construction season. This is a familiar process for Clean Water, who partners with the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Management to finance projects through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund respectively.
Municipalities that have submitted projects for review: Barrington, East Greenwich, New Shoreham, Cumberland, Burrillville, Warwick, Narragansett, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Westerly, Coventry and Middletown. The proposals range from repaving to bridge reconstruction.
Governor Chafee Announces $2.1 Million in Federal AmeriCorps Grants.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has announced that 14 organizations in Rhode Island have received AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which totals $2.1 million.
"By committing to volunteerism and service activities in Rhode Island, AmeriCorps members will be changing lives, improving communities and making Rhode Island a better place to live and work," Governor Chafee said.
"The impact on the community of the work of Rhode Island's AmeriCorps members is tremendous," Executive Director of Serve Rhode Island Bernie Beaudreau said. "These dedicated public servants enrich the educational experience of students, improve academic achievement in low-performing urban schools, connect low-income families and veterans with resources and financial services and help high school students gain access to college, further strengthening Rhode Island's workforce."
Serve Rhode Island, the state's Commission for National and Community Service, will administer the funds from competitively awarded national AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps state formula grants. This year's members will be involved in mentoring and tutoring young people; enriching opportunities in environmental education and the arts; preparing young children for elementary school; assisting high school seniors applying for college; and providing basic human services to lower income families.
On a national level, AmeriCorps engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through more than 14,000 nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities across the nation. Since 1994, more than 800,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
Click here to view a listing of AmeriCorps grants in Rhode Island for 2013-2014.
Voter ID Event
Voter ID event to be held in Central Falls.
On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 a Voter ID event will be held at Central Falls City Hall at 580 Broad Street from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Individuals who don't already have a current and valid Photo ID will receive a free voter ID.
Valid forms of Photo ID include RI driver's license, U.S. Passpport, and U.S. military identification card.
For a full listing of acceptable IDs, please visit: http://www.sos.ri.gov/elections/voterid/acceptableID/
Registered voters who cannot make it to this event can also obtain a valid Voter ID at the Secretary of State's office in Providence during normal business hours.
Note: No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration. Mail ballots do not require ID.
DEM Winter Preparations
DEM asks government agencies and private businesses to consider making early preparations in anticipation of the upcoming winter season.
The Department of Environmental Management is reminding government agencies, municipalities and private businesses to take some time this fall to select and prepare potential snow disposal sites.
Finding a place to dispose of collected snow poses a challenge to government agencies and businesses as they clear roads, parking lots, bridges and sidewalks. However, collected snow that is contaminated with road salt, sand, litter and automotive pollutants can pose threats to the environment and public health. DEM's Office of Water Resources has developed guidelines to assist state and municipal government agencies and private businesses select, prepare and maintain appropriate disposal sites for snow and ice which is not visibly contaminated with material other than salt and sand from road clearance.
There are several steps that can be taken to minimize the impacts of snow disposal. The key to selecting effective snow disposal sites is to locate them adjacent to or on pervious surfaces in upland areas, away from water resources and wells. At these locations, the snow melt water can filter into the soil, leaving behind sand and debris which should be removed as soon as possible but no later than springtime. In addition to carefully selecting disposal sites before the winter begins, it is important to prepare and maintain these sites to maximize their effectiveness. Steps can include installation of a silt fence or barrier on the down-gradient side of the snow disposal site; maintenance of a vegetative buffer between the site and adjacent water bodies; and clearing debris from the site prior to and after using the area for snow disposal.
Additional information on site selection procedures, site preparation and maintenance, and emergency snow disposal is provided in the DEM's Snow Disposal Policy, which is available on DEM's website at www.dem.ri.gov by clicking on "Snow Disposal Policy" under "Timely Topics" on the right side of the homepage.
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