Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.
Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate. She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce. Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.
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The state Senate has started scheduling confirmation hearings for four of the nomination made by Governor Gina Raimondo for her administration. The first four hearings center on holdovers from Lincoln Chafee’s time in office.
The confirmation process for Governor Raimondo’s nominees is slated to start next Tuesday. That’s when separate Senate committees will take up the nominations of Charles Fogarty as head of the Division of Elderly Affairs, and of State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell to remain director of the Department of Public Safety.
Governor Gina Raimondo says how to improve the economy was the focus when she held her first Cabinet meeting Tuesday. The get-together included both the governor’s appointees and nominees yet to be confirmed.
Governor Raimondo said she thanked members of her administration for their service, and challenged them to think creatively about how to spark Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.
“I asked every single one of them to come up with some ideas for how their department could help create jobs in Rhode Island, and I asked them to think broadly,” said Raimondo.
Governor Gina Raimondo has made good on her pledge to find a place in her administration for former Department of Labor and Training director Charles Fogarty, nominating him to lead the Division of Elderly Affairs.
Fogarty served two terms as lieutenant governor and was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2006, losing a close race to Republican incumbent Don Carcieri.
Inaugural week is almost over, and the hard work of trying to nudge Rhode Island forward begins anew with a fresh slate of politicos. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are invited at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you're welcome to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, who was sworn in Tuesday, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about trying to reduce the cost of operating HealthSource RI, the outlook on lowering electricity prices, his plans for using his new office, and more.
Rhode Island's new lieutenant governor, Daniel McKee, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's inaugural address; his focal points as he starts on the job; the challenges facing Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and more.