There’s Bill Finch, Joe Ganim and Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello too running for mayor on the Democratic side. Enrique Torres is a Republican mayoral candidate. Okay, what about the City Council?
Entries Categorized as 'City Council'
May 21st, 2015 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics
May 20th, 2015 · 110 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, Development and Zoning
City government and politics can sometimes be a contact sport when passions run high, but things got a little too physical two weeks ago, according to several City Council members, after the legislative body torpedoed a tax abatement deal advanced by Mayor Bill Finch. Councilman Bob Halstead, a Finch critic, declared at the start of […]
May 19th, 2015 · 6 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events
Citizen fiscal watchdog John Marshall Lee often encourages City Council members to eat their OATs–open, accountable, transparent–while reviewing the city budget. In his latest address to the council Monday night, Lee suggests they coulda cut the budget they approved recently. From Lee: The budget for the 2015-16 that the Mayor presented to you in a […]
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May 17th, 2015 · No Comments · City Council, Law Enforcement, News and Events
UPDATE: Council approved contracts. The City Council Monday night will vote to approve the bargaining unit agreements with Police Union Local 1159 and National Association of Government Employees Local RI-200. The council will also vote on an ordinance to amend regulations on the operation of dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motor-driven cycles or mini-cycles.
May 11th, 2015 · 19 Comments · City Budget, City Council, City Politics, Education
The City Council Monday night by an 18-2 vote approved the no-tax-increase budget proposed by Mayor Bill Finch in a municipal election year. Councilors Enrique Torres and Bob Halstead voted against the budget.
May 9th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Budget, City Council
UPDATE: The City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Friday night approved the majority of Mayor Bill Finch’s no-tax-increase spending plan adding $1 million for reading and math interventionists and nurses at every school, according to City Council President Tom McCarthy. Generally what’s concluded in committee is a done deal in what has been a quiet […]
May 5th, 2015 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Council, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events
Former Mayor Joe Ganim issued a statement on his Facebook page following the City Council rejecting a compromise tax abatement proposal for the second phase of an ambitious, mixed-income housing development on the East Side. Ganim writes:
City Council Rejects Tax Break, Plus: Lee On Budget: ‘Half Truths Of Padding, Ghost Employees And Half Stories’
May 5th, 2015 · 20 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, City Council, Firefighters, Law Enforcement
Update: votes against. In a rare vote against Mayor Bill Finch Monday night the City Council torpedoed a proposed tax break for a developer. Prior to the council meeting citizen fiscal observer John Marshall Lee, considering a run for City Council, addressed the legislative and budget body as a whole Monday night, “the last chance […]