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PowerPlayer: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

Monday, April 25, 2011

 

He inspired an entire city when he became the first Latino mayor of Providence. Now Angel Taveras has held the office for over 100 days, and GoLocalProv caught up with the mayor to talk about everything happening in City Hall.

1) Congratulations on your first 100 days as mayor. What's the single most important decision you've made?

Choosing my team has been the most important decision I have made. I am fortunate to have a team that includes Michael D'Amico, Steve Pare, JR Pagliarini, and Melissa Withers, just to name a few.

2) Take us through a day in your life.

I get up early, read e-mails and scan the media.  I usually grab a bagel for breakfast on my way to City Hall. Many mornings begin with a meeting or event, so I am usually in full swing by 8 a.m.  Days are an interesting mix of heavy business and really enjoyable visits to schools, community organizations and businesses.  Once a month, I commit a whole day to working within a city department. Thus far, I've spent days with DPW, firefighters, in schools, and this month I spent the day with the Parks Department. My staff is good at patiently waiting to grab time with me in between meetings.  Most nights I have a full agenda of events and activities to keep me busy. On an easy night, I'll get dinner around 8 or 9 p.m. and try to catch up on e-mails or watch the Sox before going to bed.

3) We've got a budget crisis, struggling schools, and a little bit of a pothole problem. Give us a reason to be hopeful about the City of Providence.

We have such an amazing community of people, full of diversity and enthusiasm for Providence. Providence has been around for 375 years and has time and again shown its resiliency. There's not a day that goes by that I don't see the silver lining. Spring is dawning and better days are ahead.

4) What's your favorite part of the job?

Meeting children and letting them know that if I grew up and became mayor, they can too.

5) Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I played the violin until 5th grade.  (Unfortunately, my violin was stolen when I was a student at Roger Williams Middle School and that was the end of that.)

Quick Hitters

Role Model: My sister, who is a nurse at the National Institutes of Health.

Favorite Restaurant: Pane e Vino, Gregg’s and La Roca

Best Beach: Galilee

Best Book You've Read In The Last Year: Game Change

Advice For The Next Angel Taveras:  Stay grounded and always remember that you work for the people of Providence.

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Comments:

I had criticized Taveras for appointing Matt Jerzyk to a $100,000/year post because I believed Jerzyk also practiced law full time.
He's left his practice to take the job and the job also combines three positions,thus saving two additional appointments.
Now Jerzyk and I are polar opposites politically,but fair is fair and I don't want to make an objection based on my faulty knowledge of the situation.
The Journal could've mentioned Jerzyk leaving his legal practice when they wrote up the appointment.
Taveras is certainly entitled to appoint political allies to advisory posts.
I think now that Taveras won't be able to opt out of Secure Communities,that issue has been put to sleep.
I sure hope he does agood job because I like Providence.
He does need to take the gloves off vis a vis Ciilline's misdeeds.

Comment #1 by joe bernstein on 2011 04 26




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