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video: Myrth York Leads New Anti-Cianci Group and Launches TV Ad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Myrth York, the three-time failed candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, is the Treasurer of the newly formed PrioritiesPVD group.  The group has launched a YouTube and raises questions about Cianci's record as Mayor of Providence.

The group has no web site and is yet to file with the RI Board of Election, Campaign Finance Division.

Previously, GoLocal had unveiled that a Secret Group has tried to join together in September. York was a member of that group.

Since then York has endorsed and donated to Democratic Candidate Jorge Elorza. York is a paid member of the City of Providence Zoning Board.

Her donation to Elorza came under question when Elorza questioned Cianci for taking donations from City employees. Cianci had pledged not to in a debate, but then accepted $18,000. Elorza heavily criticized Cianci, but took donations from York.

As reported in September 19:

GoLocalProv has obtained a copy of a confidential memo outlining the strategy by a group of predominantly East Side residents to create a secret fund of $1 million to defeat Buddy Cianci for Mayor of Providence this November.

According to a confidential memo emailed by failed Providence Mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain on Tuesday to a group of 29 including a number of former top level staffers to David Cicilline, the group’s goal is to create a 501(c)(4) fund – a fund that would not have to disclose its members. 

The individuals listed on the memo include: top Washington Trust Banker Ned Handy, former top David Cicilline aides Carol Grant and Deb Brayton, former Providence Journal Editor of the Editorial Page Bob Whitcomb, and three-time candidate for Governor Myrth York, to name a few

The only Latino member of the group, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, disavowed membership of the group in a phone interview.  "I was included in that list, to let me know what's going on," said Dr. Rodriguez. "I wasn't part of the prior conversation."  

"I'm not really part of that group -- I really can't be in my role as a radio host.  I think that they wanted to bring it to my attention.  Lorne's been a good friend of mine for ages," added Rodriguez.

Fund Defended

In an interview with GoLocal on Thursday night, Adrain said, "The 501 (c) (4) effort should be formed by tomorrow afternoon (Friday). We know who we're going to call, we've got a great group of people helping about the messaging."


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