Cranston City Council

Gov. Gina  Raimondo’s first budget proposes stripping about $2.5 million in state Payments-in-lieu of Taxes aid from Providence city government and another $1.1 million in such payments from Cranston. If you believe the General Assembly is going to allow these cuts you probably believe in the Easter Bunny.

Raimondo’s problem: The communities being hit on this one happen to be home to two of the most influential state lawmakers –House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston, and House Majority Leader John DeSimone, D-Providence.

In a joust that broke little new ground, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung hammered away at each other tonight in a WPRI-Channel 12-Providence Journal televised debate that came a week before their September 9 Republican gubernatorial showdown.

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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a public records request seeking answers to questions surrounding the so-called Cranston parking ticket scandal.

The wards of two Cranston city councilors were blanketed with parking tickets the day after they voted against a police union contract. The police captain who authorized the ticketing has now stepped forward to publicly identify himself.

Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.

On November 14th the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years.  The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.