Letter: Proud of progress on bridge tolls, health issues

To the editor:

As the General Assembly enters the final phase of its 2014 session, I would like to take this opportunity to express how honored I have been to represent the towns of Portsmouth, Bristol and Tiverton in the State Senate District 11.

I am very pleased my colleagues and I were able to propose a fair funding formula that eliminates the need for a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge while still ensuring the funds are available to maintain our transportation infrastructure. Though I spent a substantial portion of this term as part of an East Bay coalition of legislators focused on creating a statewide funding formula for our roads and bridges, I have also done my very best to contribute positive input to the state’s healthcare issues and overall economic situation.

I am very proud of the work I have done sponsoring legislation to create an ombudsperson position to help coordinate and make efficient the services delivered to our developmentally disabled community. Additionally as our state faces a critical situation involving narcotics use and abuse, I have sponsored legislation to help our prescription monitoring program increase the efficiency with which doctors can monitor their office prescribing for patients.  I am honored that the Rhode Island State Nurses Association has recognized my health care efforts by awarding me their legislative award.

I have enjoyed working with the Senate leadership to have input into the legislation dealing with our state’s economic climate and unemployment issues. The “Moving the Needle” and “Rhode to Work” legislative packages have been a primary focus in the state Senate. I am thankful the majority party has shown a willingness to work in a bipartisan way and encouraged me to have a voice in this legislation. As a member of the Defense Economy Planning Commission, I have had the opportunity to look for ways to bolster a critical segment of our state’s economy.

There is still a lot of work to be done with the aim of reducing corporate tax and estate tax structure to improve the environment that we all live in here live in the state. I will continue my efforts through the rest of this legislative term and I hope that the constituents in District 11 will strongly consider returning me to office next year. \

Dr. Christopher S. Ottiano

Senator, District 11

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