Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has submitted a new budget proposal with no tax increases. Fung says Cranston has stabilized city finances with help from public safety contract concessions and careful spending. He points to the growth of businesses like the Alex and Ani jewelry company as proof that Cranston is now seeing an economic expansion.
"The city of Cranston is not only stable from the initiatives we have put into place these last four years, but now we are experiencing real growth," Fung says.
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Brendan Doherty says he has "absolutely, positively no intention" of running as a Republican candidate for attorney general in 2014, although he's still considering a campaign for governor.
Some Republicans hope that Doherty, the former superintendent of the state police, would represent the GOP as an alternative to Democratic AG Peter Kilmartin in next year's race for attorney general. But Doherty sounds distinctly uninterested in the idea.
In Cranston, city officials are reminding residents they are required to shovel their sidewalks. Residents have 24 hours from when the snow stops to clear the sidewalks outside their homes.
Mayor Allan Fung says the city has not cited anyone for violating the citywide ordinance. “But we will cite if we have to and have the authority under the ordinance for those willful type violations. You know, completely ignoring the warnings from the officers or anything, you know, ridiculous.”
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Cranston Mayor Allan Fung called on the governor to appoint a person of color to the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Fung made the call at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day breakfast during remarks that also gave credit to voters for electing Latino mayors in Providence and in Central Falls.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee was at the breakfast, he says he heard Fung’s call.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and 2012 CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty are keeping their lines of communication open as the three Republicans consider their possible moves for 2014.