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At-large candidates face off – Seven City Council hopefuls share views on new hotels, short-term rentals

By Sean Flynn | Daily News staff writer | The Newport Daily News | Page A01 | Saturday, 20 October 2018 The seven candidates for the four at-large seats on the City Council faced off Thursday night in a candidates’ forum in the council chamber of City Hall before an audience of more than 60 people. Of the seven candidates, only Richard “Wick” Rudd, a member of the city Zoning Board of Review for the past year and former member of the Planning Board for five years, is making his first run for elected office. Hugo J. DeAscentis, a former member of the School Committee for 15 years, is making his first run for the council, while Justin McLaughlin is seeking to return to the council. He served on the council for 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, when he lost his bid for a sixth term. Current Ward 1 Councilwoman Susan Taylor, first elected in 2016, is running for an at-large in this election. Current at-large council members Jamie Bova, Marco Camacho and Jeanne-Marie Napolitano are running for re-election to the council. The fourth current at-large council member, Mayor Harry Winthrop, is not running for re-election. The forum was the second of three organized by […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 20, 2018 at 11:43 am

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Be an informed voter

The Newport Daily News | Page A07Tuesday, 2 October 2018 As we’ve seen in the past week, the old shibboleth “Elections have consequences” holds true. We are now less than six weeks before the elections on Nov. 6. According to a recent Pew Survey, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level for any midterm election in more than two decades. The enthusiasm that holds for the national elections should translate to the local level. This is certainly a positive sign, but will voters in Newport be as knowledgeable of critical local issues as those at the national level? To assist Newport voters to learn more about their candidates and make informed decisions for whom to vote, the nonpartisan Alliance for a Livable Newport has been conducting public candidate forums since 2010. Prior to the forums, questionnaires are sent to all local candidates. This year, all 21 candidates in contested elections for Newport City Council and School Committee have posted their responses to the questions submitted by the community and ALN. The alliance encourages all Newport citizens to read the responses at NewportAlliance.org. In addition to reviewing the written responses, citizens are encouraged to attend the three public forums in October where the candidates […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

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ALN Hosts First Annual ‘State of the City’ Forum Addresses Governance, Safety in 2018

Watch the VIDEO HERE  CREDITS: By Joseph T. O’Connor | 2018-03-01 / Front Page | Newport This Week In an effort to reflect on the year that was and to look ahead at the year to come, Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its first “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, providing a chance for open dialogue between citizens and the city’s top officials. More than 100 Newporters turned out at Pell Elementary School to hear Mayor Harry Winthrop, City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie and City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. present the city’s accomplishments and the challenges it faces, and to discuss what they say will be a promising 2018. City leaders took questions submitted by citizens and read by ALN moderators John Hirschboeck, co-president of ALN, and Tom Hockaday, who sits on ALN’s executive committee. The nonprofit had solicited questions based on topics that citizens identified as issues they wanted addressed: the armory, schools, traffic and parking, other city properties, communications and governing processes, hotels and other issues. “Hopefully [this] was an audience that appreciates our openness,” Nicholson said in an interview following the forum. “I want to work with people. I want people calling me. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

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Mayor, City Manager to participate in the ‘State of the City’ forum

*Questions may be submitted in writing at the event, or via email to info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. “The State of the City, Newport, Rhode Island” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport How are we doing in our “City by the Sea?” What has been accomplished over the past months? As a function of the city’s Strategic Plan, what are the successes? Where did the city fall short? What can the residents and taxpayers look forward to? Any warning signals to look for? Here’s an opportunity to get the perspectives of Newport’s elected officials and of the City Manager about the issues they have been addressing over the past year and expect to be facing in the current year, and to challenge them with your questions* about the future of Newport. Panelists: Mayor Harry Winthrop City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie City Manager Joe Nicholson DATE: Tuesday, February 27 TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. Ample free parking directly across the street from the school CONTACT            For Immediate Release: 02/12/2018 Isabel Griffith, Co-President Alliance for a Livable […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

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Replacement for Resigning City Councilor John Florez

John Florez has submitted a letter of resignation from the Newport City Council to be effective January 9, 2018. The Newport City Charter specifies that when a Council seat becomes vacant mid-term for any reason, the Council will solicit applications from Newport residents to fill that seat for the remainder of the term (in this case from January 9, 2018, to December 1, 2018).  An applicant would need to secure the votes of at least four of the remaining Council Members to be selected. The Charter calls for the Council to make a selection within thirty days of its learning of the vacancy. The Mayor has issued a call for applications and interested residents of Newport are asked to submit a letter of interest detailing why they would like to serve for the remainder of the current Council term.  The letter should be submitted by Friday, December 15, 2017.  The letter, together with a resume, should be sent by mail or hand-delivered to Newport City Hall addressed to:  Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840; or be sent via email to the Mayor at hwinthrop@cityofnewport.com with a copy to the Council’s Administrative Assistant, Patricia Cofield, at pcofield@cityofnewport.com. We urge […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

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Public Forum – ELECTION 2016 – NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE

  ELECTION 2016: NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE Candidates ‘civil’ as they air ideas By Sean Flynn Staff writer Newport Daily News – Page 1A Newport City Council at-large candidates, from left, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Harry Winthrop, John Florez, Justin S. McLaughlin, Claude Andrews Lavarre and Jamie Bova participate in a forum Tuesday night at City Hall sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. NEWPORT – The six City Council at-large candidates faced off in the council chamber of City Hall on Tuesday night with little conflict on ideas and proposals. Close to 100 people filled the chamber, with most of them on the first floor and close to 40 in the two upstairs balconies. “They were very civil,” said resident Chip Leakas after the forum, which was sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group. The only new face on the dais in this council election cycle was Jamie Bova, an electrical engineer and product manager at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, who is making her first run for municipal office. Claude Andrews Lavarre, a Navy captain who had 23 years of active duty until he retired in 1989 and ran unsuccessfully for an at-large council […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

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Council Resolution – Newport park at the Navy Hospital property Sept 28th

Great news! A new park! Tomorrow (9/28), the Newport City Council will vote on a resolution by Councillors McLaughlin & Neville to create a new Newport park at the Navy Hospital property. There are many reasons to be excited about this resolution. Not the least of which is that the Navy Hospital property is one of the few opportunities to connect the northern part of Newport to the waterfront. With the increased interest in development of the north end of Newport, it’s especially important to maintain publicly available open space. While this resolution is the first step, it’s an important one. Please take a moment to contact the city council and thank them for supporting this important initiative. Click here for their contact information. And, if you have time on Wednesday, we hope you join us at the City Council meeting to thank the councillors in person. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the City Council Chambers, Newport City Hall (43 Broadway). From the http://www.newportopenspace.org/overview/ 

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

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2016 Newport City Council Candidates Survey Responses

Click this link to view the survey results ONLINE here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-95TPJQKX/ Or, click this link below for a PDF view for printing, sharing: newport-city-council-2016-aln-questionnaire-survey-9_14_2016 *An “embedded version of the survey” is shown below – however, different browsers and computers may require 2 different SCROLLING bars to view the all the results – so we recommend viewing these responses by clicking the first link above! ***Notice 2 tabs! (2 different views of the surveys >> “Question Summaries” tab allows you to view each question with ALL of the candidates responses to that question “Individual Responses” tab allows you to select a candidate and view that candidate’s responses to all of the questions.” “ALN Announces Local Public Candidate Forums and Online Questionnaires” NEWPORT LOCAL ELECTIONS – NOVEMBER 2016 – NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES – NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES IN PUBLIC FORUMS For over 10 years, the ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT (ALN) has worked to promote and enhance the quality of life in Newport by providing an unbiased resource for information on issues facing our community. In this year of Newport Municipal Elections ALN has developed questions designed to help voters decide about their choices for City Council and School […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

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2016 – City of Newport and Rhode Island Candidates List

  NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE (4 to be elected) Jamie Bova John Florez (Incumbent) Claude Andrews Lavarre Justin S. McLaughlin (Incumbent) Jeanne-Marie Napolitano (Incumbent) Benjamin S. Kessler Harry Winthrop Kimberly L. Shute WARD 1 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Marco T. Camacho (Incumbent) Susan D. Taylor WARD 2 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Lynne Underwood Ceglie (Incumbent) WARD 3 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Kathryn E. Leonard (Incumbent) SCHOOL COMMITTEE – AT LARGE (7 to be elected) Sandra J. Flowers (Incumbent) Jo Eva Gaines (Incumbent) Adrienne Clemente Haylor Thomas S. Phelan Kathleen M. Silvia (Incumbent) David C. Hanos, JR. (Incumbent) Rebecca Bolan  (Incumbent) Jennifer Jackson Henry Kniskern David Carlin Raymond Gomes David Eikeland Francis D. Landry, JR. Timoth W. Donnelly Robert Leary Marci O’ Sullivan Stephen B. Turcotte Senate District 12 (1 to be elected) Lois DiPalma – Democrat (Incumbent) Richard Rom – Republican Amy Veri – Republican Senate District 13 (1 to be elected) M. Theresa Paiva-Weed (Incumbent) Sav Rebecci – Filed in Jamestown House District 75 (1 to be elected) Lauren H. Carson – Democrat (Incumbent) Michael Warren Smith – Independent   REP 73 (1 to be elected) Marvin L. Abney (Incumbent) – Filed 6/28  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 29, 2016 at 9:13 pm

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Newport Charter Review Raises Interesting Questions!

Newport Daily News – Op Ed Page January 11, 2014 page A6 In keeping with the old adage that all politics  is local, residents of Newport have the opportunity to take a stand on several national issues during its charter review process. Such issues include term limits for city councilors, restricting campaign contributions to only those who can vote in municipal elections, reducing the size of local government and increasing or decreasing the powers of the city manager or the city council.   READ MORE HERE about Charter Review Is it time to limit the terms of both elected and senior appointed officials? Would such a change infuse new thinking and help revitalize the city? What if city council members serve for four years instead of two — would this benefit  the community?  If there were six councilors from wards, would this be more democratic and representative? Would the democratic election process improve by restricting campaign donations to those who can vote in municipal elections? Is the manager-city council form of government  the best for Newport? What if we elected a mayor to run the city? Would this bring the citizens closer to those in charge of daily activities? What powers should the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 11, 2014 at 8:24 am

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