mayor http://ripr.org en Providence Official Indicted In 'Plunder Dome' Scandal Dies http://ripr.org/post/providence-official-indicted-plunder-dome-scandal-dies <p>A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died.&nbsp; David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:30:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 32492 at http://ripr.org Providence Official Indicted In 'Plunder Dome' Scandal Dies Providence Mayoral Candidate Smiley Unveils Economic Development Plan http://ripr.org/post/providence-mayoral-candidate-smiley-unveils-economic-development-plan <p>Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley Thursday released a seven-point economic plan.&nbsp; Smiley is among a number of candidates trying to succeed Angel Taveras at City Hall.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:22:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 31537 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/baldelli-hunt-be-inaugurated-new-mayor-woonsocket <p>The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.&nbsp; Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.&nbsp; Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:39:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 25684 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-residents-vote-change <p>In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.</p><p>They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect&nbsp; State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.&nbsp; Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.</p><p>"Big problem with the taxes.&nbsp; Nobody working.&nbsp; Nobody got no money.&nbsp; They keep raising taxes, raising everything.&nbsp; That's about it," said Latash.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:59:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & John Bender 24378 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/election-day-woonsocket-and-central-falls <p>Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:28:18 +0000 Flo Jonic 24343 at http://ripr.org Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls David Caprio Backed By Speaker Fox to Become Next Chair of the RI Democratic Party http://ripr.org/post/david-caprio-backed-speaker-fox-become-next-chair-ri-democratic-party <p>Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.&nbsp; Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3<sup>rd</sup> state committee meeting in Cranston.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:52:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 21983 at http://ripr.org David Caprio Backed By Speaker Fox to Become Next Chair of the RI Democratic Party Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape http://ripr.org/post/mike-ritz-leadership-ri-central-falls-changing-political-landscape <p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:16pt;">Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will run unopposed for re-election in November, and he leads a city that still bears scars from its closely watched municipal bankruptcy. </span></font></span></font></span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:47:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21535 at http://ripr.org Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/diossa-runs-unopposed-mayor-central-falls <p>Central Falls Mayor James Diossa won’t have any competition when he seeks re-election this fall.&nbsp; Diossa won election last year as the first Latino mayor in the predominantly minority city.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Diossa will have a clean shot to win a three-year term when Central Falls voters go to the polls in November. The 28-year-old mayor says he’s humbled by what he calls a vote of confidence in his leadership.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21408 at http://ripr.org Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor http://ripr.org/post/avedisian-not-considering-run-governor <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision not to seek re-election hasn’t changed the political plans of one prominent Republican. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian still plans to choose between seeking re-election and running for lieutenant governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Avedisian won a special election to become mayor of Warwick in 2000 and he’s gone on to become the longest-serving mayor in that city’s history. The moderate Republican hasn’t been in any rush to seek a different office, and he said Chafee’s move doesn’t alter his plans.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:09:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 21241 at http://ripr.org Avedisian Not Considering A Run For Governor New mayor to be sworn-in for central Falls http://ripr.org/post/new-mayor-be-sworn-central-falls <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI)<br>Central Falls is celebrating not only a new year, but a new leader as well. City Council member James Diossa&nbsp; will be sworn in as the city’s first Latino mayor Tuesday. The ceremony will take place at six pm at Central Falls High School.<br>Diossa won decisive victories in both a primary and general election to lead the impoverished Rhode Island city, which just emerged from bankruptcy. He replaces Charles Moreau, who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and is awaiting sentencing.<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:35:54 +0000 Flo Jonic 4630 at http://ripr.org