LINCOLN â€” Holding his finger and thumb less than an inch apart, Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the state is â€śthis closeâ€ť to intervening in the financial affairs of East Providence, at least in part due to pension obligations.
â€śNobody wants to hear the word Central Falls, but â€” trust me, itâ€™s not just in Rhode Island, all across the country â€” municipalities are really under stress. And here in Rhode Island, this is our time to help these municipalities.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine may not have an opponent on next monthâ€™s election ballot but he does have a cause.
Fontaine says heâ€™s doing everything he can to persuade voters to reject the proposed synchronization of municipal, state and federal elections. Itâ€™s one of four referendum questions that will appear on the ballot of the citywide election Nov. 8.
â€śIâ€™m speaking out against it every chance I get,â€ť says the mayor.