Short takes from Chafee’s second “strategy session” with the mayors
Governor Lincoln Chafee held his latest meeting with municipal officials this afternoon, exhorting them to urge their local lawmakers to support his municipal reform plan.
Here are some quick takes from post-event presser:
— Mayors from relatively stable communities, like Warwick’s Scott Avedisian, say they’re supporting Chafee’s plan since their cities and towns could be hurt by financial woes elsewhere.
— Amid persistent questions about the General Assembly’s appetite for passing Chafee’s plan, the governor declined to specify the most important parts of it. “We’re going for the full enchilada,” Chafee said.
— Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine says he supports the supplemental tax being considered by his city council this evening since, he says, the tax bite could be worse with insolvency and state intervention.
— Chafee was a tad reluctant to discuss the account provided by Barrington police of statements made by state Senator Frank Ciccone last week following the arrest of Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio. When I asked the governor about it following his news conference, Chafee said he didn’t know anything different from what he’d learned via media accounts. I asked Chafee if he considered the behavior described in the police report acceptable. He responded, “If that’s accurate, of course not, and everybody’s got a job to do, and the policeman was doing his job.”
— Ted Nesi caught up with Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed as she was leaving the Statehouse, to ask about Ciccone. She declined comment to Ted.
— Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders attended the meeting closed to the media, but didn’t take part in the subsequent news conference. Like RIPEC, Chafee says that he considers bankruptcy bad and something that should be avoided expect as a last resort.
— Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he’s doing everthing he can to to avoid the appointment of a receiver in Providence.
— On a lighter note, Taveras made yet another appearance wearing contact lenses, rather than his customary eyeglasses. It remains to be seen if this is temporary or a long-term change.