Loading...
You are here:  Home  >  News  >  Government & Politics  -  Page 4
Government & Politics
Latest

Baughan running for Diman Regional School Committee.

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Jack Baughan 3

Candidate statement:  My name is John “Jack” Baughan of River Road, Westport, and I’m running for Diman Regional School Committee. I have served on Westport town committees for 23 years. I chaired the Finance Committee, the Capital Investment Planning Committee, and was a founder of the Agricultural Open Space Committee. I contributed chapters on Economic […]

Read More →
Latest

Portsmouth updated on state’s sewers edict

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management wants the town to install sewers at Portsmouth Park (pictured) and Island Park

PORTSMOUTH — The state is still insisting the Town of Portsmouth install sewers in Island Park and Portsmouth Park, but the town remains steadfast in its conviction that none are needed. The Town Council received an update on the sewer issue Monday night on a request by council member David Gleason. More than three years ago, […]

Read More →
Latest

Mattiello likely to become next Speaker, East Providence’s Melo loses Finance chair

By   /  March 23, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  1 Comment

Rep. Helio Melo

PROVIDENCE — Caught up in the political crossfire of the last few days, East Providence Representative Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64) has likely lost his perch as chairman of the House Finance Committee. Rep. Melo confirmed the information via text message Sunday night, March 23. Rep. Melo, part of the leadership team under former Speaker Gordon […]

Read More →
Latest

Barrington budget increase fueled by police, pensions, computers

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

A new computer technician, a part-time employee for the police department, and more hours for the town’s human resources position are a few of the reasons this year’s proposed budget shows a 1.94 percent increase. Overall, the proposed budget includes a $330,689 increase over last year’s numbers, totaling about $17.36 million. Following is a breakdown […]

Read More →
Latest

East Bay Tavern wins conditional stay of closure ruling by East Providence Council

By   /  March 20, 2014  /  Business, Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

eastbay tavern

EAST PROVIDENCE — Embattled East Bay Tavern is set to reopen the doors of its Lyon Avenue location after the State Department of Business Regulation granted a conditional stay to a decision made by the East Providence City Council revoking the bar’s license to serve alcohol, the Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday night, […]

Read More →
Latest

Bristol budget talks begin with tax hike proposal

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  8 Comments

Before Town Council members, municipal department heads and Bristol residents took their first look at the town budget for fiscal 2015 Tuesday night, Town Administrator Tony Teixeira delivered some unwelcome news to property owners. “I am recommending an increase in the property tax rate from $12.80 to $14.80,” Mr. Teixeira said. Part of his reasoning […]

Read More →
Latest

Tension emerges between East Providence Council, Manager over police department infighting

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Police & Crime  /  7 Comments

lemont

EAST PROVIDENCE — For the first time since he was hired as acting city manager four months ago, fissures emerged publicly in the relationship of Paul Lemont and the City Council when late in the body’s March 18 meeting the discussion focused on the continued infighting between the chief police and the rank-and-file. Two weeks […]

Read More →
Latest

Barrington mom trying to close law’s loophole

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Police & Crime  /  2 Comments

Barrington's Debbie Lewis stands outside the Rhode Island Statehouse before offering her testimony.

Debbie Lewis wants closure. She wants to turn the page, as much as she can, on Feb. 22, 2012 — a horrible day for her family. She wants to make sure that no other mom and dad, and sister and brother have to struggle through the initial pain of having a family member abused, first […]

Read More →
Latest

Portsmouth seeks Congressmen’s help over tolls

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

sakonnet-bridges

PORTSMOUTH — Town officials have asked their friends in Washington for some help — again — in putting an end to the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. At issue is the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) refusal to respond to a March 15, 2013 letter to FHWA and the R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) that claimed the implementation of a […]

Read More →
Latest

Tiverton Council votes to probe fire department; complaints, personnel issues cited

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Waterfront  /  2 Comments

Chief Robert Lloyd (left) responded a few years ago, with an unidentified police officer, to a Stafford Road truck accident that downed a utility pole sand cut off power.

TIVERTON — By unanimous vote in executive session Monday night, Tiverton’s Town Council has launched what it is calling “an investigation into issues in the Fire Department.” After the closed-door vote, the council made the announcement of its action public,and said it had hired Providence lawyer Marc DeSisto to lead the investigation. The only hint […]

Read More →