Smiley Calls on Cianci to Take Two Good Government Pledges

Calls for Cianci to refuse city employee donations and keep city’s promises to retirees. Today, Brett Smiley called on Buddy Cianci to take two good government pledges that were not taken during his previous two stints as mayor. First, Brett called on Cianci not to accept campaign contributions from city employees. Smiley has refused every …

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Brett Smiley Responds to Buddy Cianci’s Candidacy

Today, Buddy Cianci announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence. Cianci previously served​ two stints as mayor and stepped down both times on felony convictions. In response to Cianci’s announcement, Brett Smiley commented, “Providence cannot afford to return to the corrupt politics of the past, and that is what Buddy Cianci’s candidacy represents. Despite his …

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Brett Smiley Unveils School Success Plan

Smiley Discusses His School Success Plan

Smiley’s plan involves supporting teachers, bolstering student achievement, improving technology, fixing facilities and more. Brett Smiley today released his comprehensive plan to improve the quality of public education in Providence, entitled “School Success: Achievement for All.” Smiley discussed the details of his plan at the Veazie Street Elementary School, whose principal Sue Chin was honored …

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Brett Smiley Proposes “Bad Weather Days” As Immediate Solution To The 3-Mile Walk For Providence Students

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Mayor Scott Avedisian, RIPTA Chair, says proposal will be considered and could have an immediate impact.   Brett Smiley today proposed an immediately actionable, short-term solution to the three mile walk-to-school for many Providence children: allowing the Providence Public School Department (PPSD) to declare “Bad Weather Days” in which they cover the costs of bus …

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Brett Smiley Unveils “Jobs & Economic Development Plan”

Smiley Releasing Jobs & Economic Development Plan

Brett Smiley today unveiled his comprehensive plan to create jobs and grow the Providence economy. Smiley’s plan promises to make Providence an attractive place to start or grow a business by changing the way City Hall interacts with the business community, focusing on the following seven areas: 1)    Making city government work for business.  2)    …

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Brett Smiley’s Guns & Ammunition Tax Bill Gains Widespread Support in the General Assembly

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In the month since Brett Smiley introduced his Guns and Ammunition Tax Bill to the Rhode Island General Assembly, eleven Senators and Representatives have signed on as sponsors. The list of sponsors includes Senators Goldin, Metts, DaPonte, Pichardo, Miller, and Crowley as well as Representatives Cimini, Almeida, Ajello, Williams and Handy. Smiley commented, “It’s great …

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Brett Smiley Proposes Creation of a Providence Office of Strategic Partnerships


Brett Smiley today unveiled the second piece of his economic development plan: his proposal to create an Office of Strategic Partnerships in Providence in order to create and promote public-private partnerships between the city, private foundations and the vibrant non-profit sector. This approach has been employed in both Denver and Los Angeles to find additional …

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