Jorge Elorza

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A majority of Providence city councilors have scheduled a special meeting to remove their President Luis Aponte from his post. In order to do so, the council must formally change their rules.

Currently, there appears to be no procedure to remove Aponte from his post. If the measure is adopted, this language would be added to the city council rules:

Stormy times in DC, and no shortage of news at home, a.k.a. Crimetown. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has called for indicted city council president Luis Aponte to step down as the council’s leader, but two council leaders, President  Pro Tempore Sabina Matos and Majority Leader Bryan Principe, ducked the issue in statements today.

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The new Ward 3 candidate is Republican David Lallier Jr. 

May is here, bringing sunshine (in theory) and a sharper read on state revenue. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Providence City Council has been ensnared in controversy of late. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why the council is so ineffective.

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Providence city officials are facing criticism for backing legislation that aims to create a regional water authority in the state. 

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The Providence City Council Finance Committee met for the first time Monday since the Mayor unveiled his latest budget proposal. The councilors now begin the laborious process of hammering out a budget both the council and the mayor can agree on.

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Serious financial challenges continue to dog Rhode Island’s capital city. And now, there’s a cloud hanging over the Providence City Council, with two councilors  facing close public scrutiny.

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That’s about a two percent increase overall from the current year budget. 

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After meeting with U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions Tuesday, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city risks almost none of its federal funding.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveils the city’s latest budget proposal Wednesday, and it comes as the city continues to face deep financial challenges.

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The mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza, will be part of a meeting in Washington Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. 

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The Providence City Council voted in favor of the Community Safety Act in a special meeting, Thursday. With three councilors absent, the vote went 12-0 in favor of the proposal.

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Debate rages in Rhode Island over the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this is a good time for all involved to take a deep breath.

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