NEW: Matos Elected City Council President, Salvatore Out

Monday, January 07, 2019


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Sabina Matos named City Council President

Providence City Councilwoman Sabina Matos has been elected City Council President. She replaces David Salvatore who failed to be reelected by the Council.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the residents of Ward 15, and I look forward to the next four years of serving all residents of our great city. I believe that my colleagues and I have a great deal of work to tackle the issues of our time. But, I have complete faith that we can come together and continue to make Providence an even greater place to live, work and play than it already is,” said Matos.

She is the first Latina to hold the seat.

“Today, women and minorities are not only the majority of the city’s population, but we now make up the majority of the Providence City Council. Now, more than ever before, the Council’s leadership reflects what our community truly looks like," Matos added. 

GoLocalProv reported back in October that Matos had the votes to be named President after former President David Salvatore held the position for less than a year. 

About Matos

Matos began her first term as the Councilwoman for the fifteenth ward in January 2011.

During her tenure on the Council, she has served as Council President Pro Tempore from January 2015 until her election as President. 

She also served as Acting Council President from May 2017 until December 2017. 

During her tenure she has served on the Councils’ Committee on Finance, Committee on Municipal Operations and Oversight, Rules Committee, Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, Committee on State Legislative Affairs, and serves as Chairwoman of the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning.

Matos was born in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in April 1994. 

She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA in Communications and Public Relations. 

She is also a graduate of the Latina Leadership Institute and Leadership for a Future. 

Matos lives in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence with her husband Patrick, and their two children, Diego and Annemarie.

New City Council Leadership

Matos’ election comes after the majority of Democratic members of the Council held a caucus in November of 2018 to install new membership.

The positions are as follows:

  • Michael Correia – Ward Six, President Pro Tempore
  • Jo-Ann Ryan – Ward Five, Majority Leader
  • John J. Igliozzi – Ward Seven, Majority Whip
  • Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. – Ward Four, Senior Deputy Majority Leader
  • Mary Kay Harris – Ward 11, Deputy Majority Leader

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