The Scoop: Fmr. Fire Chief Eyeing Solomon’s Council Seat; More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Fmr. Fire Chief Eyeing Solomon’s Council Seat
GoLocal has learned that former Providence Fire Chief George Farrell may be looking to run for the soon-to-be vacant Ward 5 council seat, which is currently held by Council President Michael Solomon, who is expected to run for mayor.
Farrell was the chief of the department from 2007 until 2011, when he retired citing health concerns resulting from a battle with leukemia. Prior to serving as chief, Farrell served State Fire Marshal. He is currently president of Farrell Associates, LLC, Fire Code Consulting Group.
Sources also tell GoLocal that former Ward 5 councilman Patrick Butler, who narrowly lost to Solomon in 2006 is considering running for his old seat. Additionally, Joe Elliott, an inspector at the Providence Department of Inspections & Standards and neighborhood activist in the Pleasant Valley Parkway area, is also looking to run.
Ward 5 (Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant) has traditionally been a key ward for mayoral elections and is typically the highest non-East Side neighborhood in terms of voter turnout.
Although he has not formally announced his candidacy for mayor, Solomon currently holds a commanding fundraising lead with $492,000 in his war chest as of the last filing date.
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Reed on Shutdown
Sen. Reed statement on agreement to open government and prevent default.
Today, after the U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan agreement that would open the federal government through January 15 and lift the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014 – thus preventing an immediate threat of default – U.S. Senator Jack Reed praised the compromise.
Reed noted the compromise allows the U.S. government to fulfill its obligations and sets the stage for budget talks between the Senate and House, which Reed has strongly backed. As they seek to iron out their differences, Reed urged budget negotiators to focus on creating jobs, strengthening the middle-class, and fostering economic growth.
“Opening the government and preventing a default crisis is the common sense decision I’ve been advocating,” said Reed.
“These threats of default and shutdowns hurt our economy, but now we need to move forward together.
“Congress needs to get back to creating jobs, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and re-balancing our economy. These aren’t partisan priorities, they are American priorities. And if both parties work together and start pulling in that direction we can lift our nation out of the economic struggles we’ve been in for far too long.
“A healthy dose of political stability and economic certainty will go a long way toward helping America achieve long-term economic growth.”
The House is expected to give their approval to a Senate measure that would end the government shutdown later this evening.
RI Delegation Fundraising
Sen. Reed leads Rhode Island congressional delegation in third quarter fundraising.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s war chest grew to more than $2.8 million after an impressive third quarter in which he raised $452,902, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. Reed’s total far surpasses the other three members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation. Reed, who is up for re-election in 2014, does not currently have an opponent.
Here’s the fundraising breakdown, according to the latest quarterly filings, which covers June 30 through Sept. 30:
- Sen. Jack Reed: Raised $452,902; $2.84 million cash on hand.
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Raised $59,411; $730,124 cash on hand.
- Rep. Jim Langevin: Raised $141,093; $265,249 cash on hand.
- Rep. David Cicilline: Raised $160,145; $261,966 cash on hand.
Whitehouse, who handedly won his reelection bid in 2012, won’t face reelection until 2018. No Republicans have stepped forward to run against Langevin and Cicilline so far, but Independent candidate Jonathan Maciel has announced that he will challenge Cicilline for his 1st District seat.
Source of data: http://www.fec.gov/
HEW continues review of DoH certificate process.
The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will meet Tuesday, October 22, to continue its review of the certificate of need process of the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The committee is scheduled to hear a presentation from Michael Abens, Vice President of Pentec Health.
Pentec, based in Pennsylvania, is a leader in providing specialized, in-home care for patients with implanted pain pumps. The company was informed by the Department of Health that it needed to obtain a certificate of need, offering proof that its service was wanted, affordable and safe, and also needed to open a Rhode Island office, which it did at a cost of $1,000 a month.
But after spending about $100,000 to obtain state approval of an application for a home nursing care provider’s license, appearing at three hearings and waiting for seven months for a Health Department decision, the company admitted frustration with the process, withdrew its license application and terminated its services in Rhode Island.
The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 313 of the State House and will be broadcast live by Capitol TV (Channel 15 for Cox Communications and Full Channel and Channel 35 for Verizon).
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) chairs the House HEW Committee.
Pictured: Rep. Joseph M. McNamara
Parking Garage Study
Parking Garage study commission sets first meeting.
A special legislative commission to study a parking structure near the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence will hold its organizational meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, in Room 313 of the State House.
The commission was created by legislation approved during the 2013 session of the General Assembly, introduced in the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence, North Providence) and in the House by Deputy Majority Whip Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence).
Rep. Blazejewski will serve as co-chair, along with Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence). Other legislators named to the commission are Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), Sen. Dawson Tucker Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown), Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester) and Rep. Michael W. Chippendale (R-Dist. 40, Coventry, Foster, Glocester).
The 11-member commission also includes Department of Administration Director Richart Licht, Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis, I-195 Commission Chairman Colin Kane, State Court Administrator J. Joseph Baxter, and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (or their designees).
The agenda for the opening meeting of the commission includes a presentation by Colin Kane, Chairman of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, and a presentation by Leo Perrotta, the City of Providence parking administrator.
The commission is expected to report its findings to the General Assembly early next January.
Pictured: Rep. Christopher Blazejewski
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