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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to the Council’s Administrative Assistant, Patricia Cofield, at email@example.com. We urge […]
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 […]
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/
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 […]
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
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 […]
The Charter of the City of Newport, Rhode Island, was approved by the voters on November 4, 1952. Chapter III (Elections) became effective on such date. All other provisions became effective on November 1, 1953. Years appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was enacted, amended or repealed in the year indicated. The final reports of last two Charter Reviews were in 2002 and 2008. Section 10-10. Charter Review The Council shall provide for periodic review of this charter by appointing a Charter Review Commission no more than 10 years from the date of appointment of the most recent Charter Review Commission. WHAT YOU CAN DO Read the City Charter. <click here> In addition to the link on the ALN website It can be found on Charter Review Commission website – click on Boards and Commission on the upper left of the city’s home page or on Codified Ordinances just below that. Meetings, agendas and minutes are posted on the Charter Commission website; meetings are also posted on the city calendar. Comments at those meetings about the City Charter from members of the public are encouraged CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND PREAMBLE CHAPTER I. – GENERAL PROVISIONS. […]
NEWPORT- Finance Review Committee to start work By Sean Flynn – Staff writer http://newportdailynews.com Seven Newport residents with extensive experience in private business will be reviewing the city budget to determine ways of cutting expenses and increasing revenues. The members of the new Finance Review Committee were sworn by City Clerk Kathleen Silvia Thursday night at the Newport Public Library, and welcomed to the tasks ahead by Mayor Harry Winthrop. When the City Council gave initial approval to a city budget in June, the council members voted unanimously to form a committee to study items such as the high cost of pensions and health care for city employees that are built into the budget. Earlier in the year, the council passed a resolution calling on the city administration to identify “any and all nonprofit entities” that “may be able to assist in generating city revenue through participation in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) or PILOT-type programs.” That task also has been assigned to the Finance Review Committee. Winthrop said Thursday the committee members could look at the formula that provides state aid to communities in the form of PILOT funding to cover part of the property taxes lost because the […]
Charter review panel is urged to deal with ‘hot button’ issues By Sean Flynn Staff writer http://newportdaiynews.com Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop opened the first meeting of the new city Charter Review Commission on Wednesday night by urging the members not to shy away from “hot button” issues. “You should not have preconceived ideas,” he said. “For example, should we have an appointed School Committee instead of an elected School Committee?” John Shehan, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission and an observer at the meeting, suggested another topic sure to cause debate. He said the new commission should consider whether local voters should elect a mayor instead of City Council members choosing one of their colleagues for that role. “A city of this importance should be electing a mayor,” Shehan said. He said he applied to serve on the Charter Review Commission but was not chosen by the council. Six of the nine members of the new commission were present and they elected Isabel Griffith chairwoman. She is a former president of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the Point Association, neighborhood advocacy groups. Mary Ann Marin was chosen vice chairwoman. She served as chairwoman of the Newport Hospitality […]
Engage Newport – SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level – Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
“Save the Date” Notice for a Public Event through the Engage Newport-SEA Aware initiative. The event will provide information on projects researching Sea Level Rise and is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center.