Open Meetings Act
By Bob Plain on January 13, 2018
Add two more Open Meetings Act violations to the East Greenwich Town Council effort to restructure local government led by controversial and court-prone Town Manager Gayle Corrigan. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s Open Government Unit announced the additional violations Friday afternoon, less than three months after a Superior Court found the Town Council violated the state […]
By Bob Plain on September 1, 2017
Was East Greenwich fire fighter Jim Perry fired as retaliation in an erupting labor dispute? Does the East Greenwich Town Council routinely violate the state Open Meetings Act? Is Gayle Corrigan even legally the town manager? These are a sampling of the questions both the Attorney General and a Superior Court judge have been asked […]
Posted in East Greenwich, Featured | Tagged Bill Perry, Cienki, Common Cause Rhode Island, east greenwich, EG Firefighters, Gayle Corrigan, john marion, Liz Wiens, Open Meetings Act, Sue Cienki | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2017
Since the Community Safety Act was tabled at the last Providence City Council meeting, a lot has happened. Here’s where we stand now…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, CSA Working Group, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, FOP, Home Rule Charter, Hugh Clements, Jeffrey Dana, Jo-Ann Ryan, Justice Gaines, Kate Sabatini, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Martha Yager, Mary Kay Harris, OMA, Open Meetings Act, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence City Hall, Providence FOP, Providence Fraternal Order of Police, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Robert Boehm, Samuel Zurier, seth yurdin, Shannah Kurland, Sophia Wright, Steven Pare, Terrance Hassett, va | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 24, 2017
The Cranston City Council, under the guidance of new City Council President Michael Farina, is poised to adopt “Proposed Council Rules for 2017-2019” at a city council meeting tonight that would be in violation of the RI Open Meetings Act.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
The glacial pace of the proceedings, as we watch the EFSB members muse aloud about the minutia of scheduling, can be irritating.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Infrastructure, Johnston, Providence, Smithfield | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Glen Walker, Invenergy, Margaret Curran, Open Meetings Act, Providence Water Supply Board | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
The ACLU has sent a letter to Cranston City Council President Michael Farina asking that he, “clarify to the public that non-disruptive recordings of municipal meetings are allowed under the law.”
By Mary Pendergast on January 12, 2017
I am Mary Pendergast, a Sister of Mercy, who has been actively opposing the building of a Power Plant in Burrillville.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2016
Signing the tax treaty, say residents, gives Invenergy extra leverage in negotiating a deal with another municipality, like, let’s say, Woonsocket, to purchase water. The town’s opposition to the power plant must be unified and consistent. Opposing the power plant with a resolution sends one message, signing a tax treaty with Invenergy sends another.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Conservation Law Foundation, Donald Fox, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, frank lombardi, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, John Pacheco, Kimberly Brissette Brown, Michael McElroy, Open Meetings Act, Paul Fogarty, tax treaty, Woonsocket | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2016
In his capacity as attorney for Harrisville, Sinapi says his job is to protect the Harrisville water supply and the financial integrity of the water board. If “Invenergy brings water into town, through a pipeline,” said Sinapi, “it could render the Harrisville supply redundant. We provide half the water to Pascoag.”
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Burrillville Planning Board, Harrisville Fire District and Water Board, Invenergy, MTBE, New England Mechanical Contractors Association, Open Meetings Act, projo, Richard Sinapi | 11 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
“You violated the law!” shouted retired attorney Barry Craig, “Does that mean anything to you?”
Town Councillor Donald Fox retorted that Craig was, “out of order”.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Barry Craig, Burrillville Town Council, Debbie Krieg, Donald Fox, dyana Koelsch, Invenergy, John Pacheco, Kimberly Brissette Brown, Louise Phaneuf, Michelle Bouchard, MTBE, Nancy Binns, Open Meetings Act, Senate Judiciary Committee | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 26, 2016
Sound: A resident demonstrated the noise levels Burrillville residents experience nightly, to the consternation of the town council. Fury: There was a call for the immediate dismissal of the town manager and a call to defend the First Amendment.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Barry Craig, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Invenergy, Jan Luby, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Kathy Sherman, lauren niedel, Michael Wood, Nicholas Cook, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Open Meetings Act, spectra, Stephanie Sloman | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2016
A somber yet unyielding Town Council faced the displeasure of Burrillville residents Wednesday night. At issue is whether or not the residents of Burrillville can trust their elected officials to negotiate in their best interests with Invenergy, a multi-billion dollar company intent on bringing a fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plan to their pristine town. The Town Council appeared to do themselves no favors allowing their lawyer, Oleg Nikolyszyn, speak for them.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Elections, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News, State House, Video | Tagged David Place, Deborah Yablonski, Gina Raimondo, Jan Luby, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Michael McElroy, Open Meetings Act | 3 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 1, 2016
Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations […]
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