The Scoop - Sionni to Protest Taveras’ Fundraiser

Monday, September 23, 2013


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City Council Candidate Sionni to Protest Taveras' Fundraiser

Providence City Council candidate Anthony Sionni is leading a demonstration this evening in protest of a $500 a plate fundraiser for Mayor Angel Taveras, which is being hosted by former Mayor of Providence Joe Paolino.

According to Sionni, he would like to see some of the $500 donations go to save the Davey Lopes Pool, which is located on Dudley Street in Providence.

“Lets see if we can get some of the $500 donors to make the check out to keep the pool open, instead of the mayors campaign account!” reads the Facebook post by Sionni and Leah Williams Metts.

Sionni, who is running in Providence’s Ward 14 (Elmhurst, Wanskuck and Mt. Pleasant), is urging participants to make protest signs and meet in front of 50 Weybosset St. at 5 p.m.

The city has said that the operating costs for the pool are too high, considering the small number of children who use the pool.

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Senator Reed Announces $19 Million for RI Community Development and Affordable Housing

In an effort to help spur job creation and revitalize local neighborhoods, U.S. Senator Jack Reed has announced that Rhode Island will receive over $19.3 million in federal funding for community development and affordable housing.

“This is a flexible source of federal funding that will help create jobs and boost economic development in neighborhoods and communities throughout Rhode Island. These targeted investments will upgrade our infrastructure and help put more people to work. They will enable cities and towns to increase affordable housing, improve public facilities, and partner with non-profits to address some of their greatest community needs,” said Reed.

The funds will be allocated to several programs including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Home Investment Partnership (HOME), the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program.

The funding comes from the 2013 federal budget, according to Reed.

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Governor Chafee Announces $5.8 Million Family Health Grant

Governor Lincoln Chafee joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today to announce that Rhode Island has been awarded $5.8 million for the expansion of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.

“With these additional funds, Rhode Island can focus on vital early-intervention services to the State’s youngest children and their families in the cities and towns that need it the most,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program will enhance our statewide early childhood initiatives.”

Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, these federal funds are designed to help at-risk families voluntarily receive home visits from nurses and social workers to improve maternal and child health, child development, school readiness and economic self-sufficiency, and to help prevent child abuse.

Rhode Island was one of only 13 states nationwide to receive federal MIECHV funding from this competitive round of grants.

Since its creation in 2010, Rhode Island has received over $6.26 million through the MIECHV program, which supports evidence-based home visiting in Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.

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Senator Nesselbush Gets Married

Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence), who was he prime sponsor of the same-sex marriage legislation that became law in May, has married her partner Kelly Case.

“This was a personal bookend to a long political struggle,” said Nesselbush. “I am overwhelmed with joy and happiness right now. When I came out in college, I remember the poignant moment of thinking, ‘Wow, I will never get married.’ But I knew I was willing to pay that price to be the person I am and to live an open and honest life. Long before I was elected, I worked in the trenches on this issue because, for me, it was an obvious issue of fundamental fairness. I always knew in my heart that my love was as worthy of marriage as anyone else's. So for this day to come – for me to be able to take Kelly’s hand in marriage it was an incredible feeling. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank my colleagues in government for making marriage equality a reality. I can never express in words the depth of my gratitude.”

In May, Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, 13 states and the District of Columbia have enacted marriage equality laws.

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Rep. Mattiello Gets RI Health Care Association Award

House Majority Leader Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has been awarded the 2013 Rhode Island Health Care Association (RIHCA) Public Service Award for his role as an advocate of the state’s elderly population and the people who care for them.

“It doesn’t take much effort to see that Rhode Island’s nursing homes demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the people they serve,” Mattiello said. “In comparison to most states, Rhode Island’s elderly population is one of the largest in the country. It is with that in mind that we must recognize the importance of quality health care in our community. These nursing home residents include World War II veterans and the wives who raised their children and built their homes. Others have contributed to Rhode Island and society in other ways. We cannot let them down in their hour of need, even in the face of the economic challenges that plague our state. I am a big believer in our long-term care system in this state, and I’m an even bigger believer in the people who provide that care. We cannot let them down either.”

RIHCA is a non-profit trade association of skilled nursing and rehabilitation providers dedicated to enhancing its members’ abilities to provide top quality health care.

RI State Democratic Committee’s 2014 Fundraising Total

The Rhode Island State Democratic Committee has raised $71,101 for the upcoming 2014 election, according the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. Of this total, more than half comes from committee contributions, including $32,880 from the Democratic National Committee and $6,000 from Cicilline Committee.

In terms of individual donations, the RI State Democratic Committee has received just one small individual contribution—which is categorized as a contribution of $100 or less. The remaining fundraising total all comes from large individual contributions—including three separate donations of $10,000. Interestingly, one of these major donors is Carol Waterson, an executive at Waterson Terminal Services, which is the managing operator at the Port of Providence.

The Committee currently has $3,304 cash on hand.

Source of data: Federal Election Commission (FEC)

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