I believe that local government is the backbone of our democracy. It is also the backstop for many of the disastrous policies currently coming out of Washington. Municipal government is where we have the opportunity to truly live our values as a community.
I was overwhelmed by the support of our community when I was first elected to the City Council in Ward 5 with 57% of the vote in 2016. Since then I have been proud of our accomplishments as a community and my own as your representative. Those include:
- Public Safety and Healthy Communities
- Working with local organizers and community groups to fund and establish a “Midnight League” for Payne Park, an area of Pawtucket that has historically seen a great deal of violence, especially in the summer months. I’m delighted to report that we had no violence last summer.
- Helping pass a resolution in support of the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship. This program provides two years of free tuition to students who the state’s community college. In Pawtucket, with nearly 80 percent of our youth eligible for free or reduced lunch, this is critically important.
- Green Economy and Clean Energy
- Fighting a proposal to place a large and expensive transfer station on the West Side of Pawtucket, and working towards capping the transfer station and installing clean energy production there instead. Read more here.
- Getting Pawtucket to join the Climate Mayors Alliance, in the aftermath of Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Sponsoring a resolution against the embattled Burrillville natural gas Power Plant. This is particularly meaningful because Pawtucket had explored the possibility of selling our drinking water to it.
- Small Business
- Sponsoring an ordinance that alters the licensing procedures for both food trucks and kennels in Pawtucket, which help support our small business economy. Read about it here.
- Running, along with my colleague Sandra Cano, Crash Pawtucket, a popular local business showcase that encourages a healthy small business economy.
- Helping launch the city’s first ever Restaurant Week, which was a huge success in 2017 and will be back again this year
- Public Health
- Sponsoring an ordinance limiting smoking in public parks, helping make our public spaces safe from the dangers of secondhand smoke, particularly for children.
- Economic Justice
- Standing, along with fourteen other young office-holders in Rhode Island, against the destructive impacts of the Trump tax plan
- Arts and Culture
- Proudly voting for the “Pawtucket Percent for Public Art” program, designed to expand the city’s commitment to the arts by supporting and maintaining public art throughout the community. Read about it here.
- Helping organize the Pawtucket Women’s History Month celebrations, recognizing the tremendous contributions of women in our community.