Ward 15 Newsletter
Happy New Year! On Monday, I was sworn in for my third and final term as your city councilor. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve my fellow residents of Ward 15, and I look forward to the next four years being productive, transparent and beneficial to all residents of our city. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for trusting me with your vote in November and for electing me to serve you once again.
The same day, my fellow city councilors voted to elect me to serve as City Council President; a position that I am honored to accept and excited to embark on. Before Monday, I was serving as Council President Pro Tempore. I had also served as Acting Council President from May 2017 until December 2017.
As president, I am looking forward to making sure that every councilor and every ward they represent has an equal and strong voice and that the process of dealing with the city council remains a fair, open and honest one. My colleagues and I have a great deal of work to do to tackle the issues of our time, but I have complete faith that we can come together and continue to make Providence an even greater place to live, work and play than it already is.
While I will lead on issues affecting the entire city as council president, as your elected city councilor I will continue to focus on the issues uniquely affecting Olneyville, Silver Lake and Valley. We have come a long way, but I know there is a long way to go in our neighborhoods.
Besides my election as president of the council, the new leadership positions on the council include Michael Correia of Ward Six as President Pro Tempore, Jo-Ann Ryan of Ward Five as Majority Leader, John Igliozzi of Ward Seven as Majority Whip, Nicholas Narducci of Ward Four as Senior Deputy Majority Leader and Mary Kay Harris of Ward 11 as Deputy Majority Leader.
This leadership team, along with the rest of the council, is ready to work on our city’s pension issue, prioritize the creation of affordable housing and repair and improve our public schools while remaining personally accountable to each of our ward constituents.
In addition to my serving as the first Latina to serve as Council President, the current city council is a council of firsts, with Kat Kerwin being the youngest person ever elected to the council; Rachel Miller being the first open member of the LGBTQ+ community elected to the council; Nirva LaFortune being the first Haitian-American woman elected to any office in the state and the first formerly undocumented person to serve on the council. The current city council is also the first woman-majority city council ever. Now, more than ever before, the city council reflects what our community truly looks like.
This newsletter will be posted on my website and shared on my social media pages each week going forward, as a way for me to communicate information I think is important and to keep you up date on what’s going on in the city council and in the neighborhoods in Ward 15. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me.