This new firefighter contract is not taxpayer friendly!
Mayor Solomon touts that it's a whopping $2 million dollar plus savings over 2 years but this is erroneous. The Mayor bases this on the assumption that an arbitrator would probably grant the firefighters a 2.75% salary increase per year over the next 2 years. The reason for this is, the Municipal & Police just received that in June of this year. What the Mayor didn't tell you is, he didn't have to sign the new Municipal & Police contracts that the former Avedisian administration negotiated.
The only reason Mayor Solomon signed them is because he wanted to solidify his Mayoral election this past November. So it's disingenuous to say he had to give the firefighters the same because the entire premise is wrong to begin with. There should be NO RAISES AT ALL FOR ALL THREE bargaining units considering the fiscal tsunami the City is currently facing, as outlined by Mayor Solomon's state of the city address he presented this past February.
Mayor Solomon just gave Scott Avedisian a pat on the back by signing these contracts.
The firefighters have been rewarded for their side deal shenanigans and Mayor Solomon caved.
Where is the agreement for the WFD to pay back what they stole from the taxpayers when they were illegally pilfering money with unused sick pay?
Is Mayor Solomon going to present a fiscal note to the City Council and taxpayers informing us as to how much the 45 firemen who should have been on the Tier 2 system back in 2012, is going to cost us when they retire? THIS is going to cost the taxpayers MILLIONS! There are no savings here.
This is all a farce--- SMOKE & MIRRORS!!!
Notice! None of these were addressed in this contract gift: pension and unused sick time reform, eliminating firefighter clothing allowance & lifetime healthcare, prescription drug caps (costing the City millions every year), higher copays for health insurance on a yearly basis, and controlling the ever problematic WFD OT ????
This is all a JOKE and nothing more than Avedisian part 2 !
The structural problems that Mayor Solomon promised he would address are completely missing with this new contract deal.
To Alfred Marciano, of Charland, Marciano & Co, CPAs, LLP & Chairman of the Warwick Municipal Retirement Board...
Still have your 2014 letter where you stated:
"I would take great comfort in knowing that the City of Warwick Municipal Retirement Plan has been well managed. The facts speak for themselves. You also make mention that the City is burdened by a "Billion dollar debt problem'". Perhaps in the next leaflet that is sent to the residents of the City, you could clearly explain how you arrive at that number... May I suggest that you verify your sources before continuing to publish your misinformation. At some point you may find yourself in the uncomfortable position of having to prove the assertions that you are making."
Mr. Marciano, in case you missed that tweet last week by Ted Nesi, Moody's investors have put Warwick's massive unfunded liabilities at over ONE BILLION. The facts sure do speak for themselves, now don't they.
It looks like it is you that is in the very uncomfortable position of having to apologize to the Warwick taxpayers and to the active and retired Municipal employees for being quite "off" with your assertions.
You may also want to explain to the public why you gave out another 2.81% COLA to Municipal retirees right before your good friend Avedisian pushed everyone out of the way and jumped off the Warwick Titanic. Could you also please explain to the public why you still had that COLA increase meeting when the Chairman of our Warwick City Council Finance Committee was not able to be in attendance??
The majority of your retirement board -who just so happen to be City employees - gave themselves another COLA increase knowing full well that the City of Warwick was in major financial trouble.
You stated in your letter that : “the City, through an approved process with the board, retains actuaries and investment advisors of the highest caliber to assist with the execution of our fiduciary responsibility to the city, the taxpayers, and the members of the pension system.”
Mr. Marciano, it has been proven time and time again during public testimony at our City budget meetings where Gabriel Roeder themselves admitted during questioning that the City actuaries & investment advisors don’t even speak with each other. — You're the Chairman, did you really not know this?
Additionally, in your letter you state you are in "continued compliance with the State Open Meetings Law." This is also false. You failed to mention that your retirement board was in violation of the Open Meetings Law and it was also fined, with at least two violations for closing a meeting and preventing the taxpayers from asking questions.
The members of the Warwick Municipal Retirement Board and you as the Chairman must all be so proud of yourselves. Is that your definition (as you also stated in your letter) of being “dedicated, conscientious and professional”?
When your term as Chairman of the Warwick Municipal Retirement Board is up ( which can’t come fast enough), it would be in the best interests of the City of Warwick that Mayor Solomon has you no longer serving on it. You need to be replaced with an individual, who IS: conscientious and truthful, and who will serve the City with the utmost integrity, honesty and professionalism.
If you'd like a copy of the letter you mailed, this page would be more than happy to send one to you.
So back to that “Billion dollar debt problem”... Apparently I was ahead of my time.
Very Truly (not yours),
Sue Stenhouse's words do not match her actions...
In addition to the recent online, social media private messages that are being sent out by Sue Stenhouse- slandering and spreading false information about Warwick Watch- attached below is a letter that was sent out by Sue Stenhouse when Bob Cushman was running for re- election against Avedisian crony, Steve Colantuono.
Avedisian wanted to silence Cushman over a decade ago because Cushman was uncovering the impending Avedisian SCAM regarding the true financial condition of the city of Warwick. Sue Stenhouse, a dedicated foot soldier for Scott Avedisian, mailed this out to mislead Ward 1 constituents (below) and to bully, spread falsehoods and character assassinate Bob Cushman.
Scott Avedisian has also used his little army of cronies to try and silence the Warwick Watch page over the years as well -which has failed- along with his "legacy" as Warwick Mayor.
The Avedisian "miracle" is finally being exposed for what it has always been-- a SHAM.
The numbers never have and do not...lie.
Sue Stenhouse has a vested interest in maintaining the status quo because she receives $10,000 per year in pension/healthcare benefits for only serving 6 years on the City Council, thanks to her good friend, Scott Avedisian and his side deals.
The beneficiaries of the Avedisian largess are not going away easily. They all want to maintain and have a bigger piece of the pie, and it's no longer possible.
The Avedisian -deflect and deny- playbook is still sitting on his mantle surrounded by burning candles.
Warwick Watch has noted once again the "spin" that Avedisian has placed ( from his RIPTA seat) on who's to blame for the financial disaster the city of Warwick is currently facing. Those that have been paying close attention have been warning about this situation for over a decade.
The numbers never lie.
Not even a year ago, just after Avedisian cut more last minute, behind the curtain, unsustainable contract deals, he bailed with his $80k/year pension & benefits package...leaving the taxpayers of Warwick holding the bag.
What Avedisian was touting as he was skipping out the door, was the big revenue surplus of about $7 million, putting city reserves at around $25 million. The City Council drew down funds from the reserve account to pay for increased teacher salaries and increased everything else, which has brought the reserve account down to about $12 million. The drawdown on the reserves is still nowhere near close enough to cover all of the pay-as-we-go debt expenses.
Moody's warned: FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO A DOWNGRADE:
As he ran out the exit door, Avedisian continued to mislead the public as he did for 20 years by also stating Warwick's "robust and growing economy" would allow for the city's "continued fiscal health". Not even a year later, the reality cat was let out of the bag by current Mayor Joe Solomon, which shredded the curtains with financial crisis reality nails.
The "self correcting mechanism" that Avedisian always touted is the Warwick taxpayers who are left to bail out his mess with exorbitant tax increases. The Avedisian blame game is in full effect, but it's important for everyone to understand that a lot of what Avedisian did was done behind the backs of the City Council.
It's unfair yet not a surprise to see Mayor Joe Solomon getting blamed for the city's current fiscal situation, when the blame should ultimately fall onto the shoulders and lap of Scott Avedisian.
R.I. Representative Members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted "yes" & who voted "no" on the R.I. Extreme Abortion Bill
Here is the list of Representatives who voted YES, to pass the EXTREME ABORTION BILL out of the House Judiciary Committee on March, 5, 2019 -to send it to the full House floor for a vote this Thursday March 8, 2019 ( the Extreme abortion bill was held for further study in the Senate Judiciary committee last night, so even if the majority of House /State Reps vote to pass it, it goes nowhere ) :
1. Rep. Joseph S. Almeida firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 467-7033 Bio
2. Rep. Dennis M. Canario email@example.com (401) 683-4926 Bio
3. Rep. Julie A. Casimiro rep-Casimiro@rilegislature.gov (401) 474-7961 Bio
4. Rep. Robert E. Craven, Sr. firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 294-2222 Bio
5. Rep. John G. Edwards email@example.com (401) 624-8879 Bio
6. Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 783-1000 Bio
7. Rep. James B. Jackson email@example.com (401) 255-8073 Bio
8. Rep. Daniel P. McKiernan firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 222-2466 Bio
9. Rep. Evan P. Shanley rep-Shanley@rilegislature.gov (401)-440-3493 Bio
Here is the list of RI Representatives who voted AGAINST the extreme abortion bill:
1. Rep. Arthur J. Corvese email@example.com (401) 353-8695 Biography: Arthur J. Corvese is a Democrat who has represented District 55 in North Providence since first being elected in November 1998. Representative Corvese is a Deputy Majority Leader and chairs the House Committee on Rules.
2. Rep. Blake A. Filippi firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 222-2466 Bio
3. Rep. Christopher T. Millea email@example.com (401) 408-3691 Bio
4. Rep. Thomas E. Noret firstname.lastname@example.org (401)641-0813 Bio
5. Rep. David J. Place email@example.com (401) 286-2088 Bio
6. Rep. Sherry Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 222-2259 Bio
7. Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson rep-Vella-Wilkinson@rilegislature.gov (401) 952-7340 Bio
FYI!! This guy Brian Gouves is actively involved in continuous acts of online harassment. He operates alongside the Whittaker brothers as well who all live in Warwick.
Facebook has already removed posts that are harassing in nature, violate copyrights, and also incite violence.
Why Facebook allows hate group pages to continue to exist on its platform while other personal Facebook accounts and Pages are removed for unfair, discriminatory reasons--> is a question that gets asked daily by many!
Representative CAMILLE VELLA WILKINSON worked as former corrupt Mayor Scott Avedisian's shill for six years while serving on the Warwick City Council Finance Committee, she was also a city retiree board member (we checked her for slacking on her board member attendance record).
While Rep Camille Vella Wilkinson served on the Warwick City Council and on the City Finance committee, she did nothing but demean every citizen of Warwick that stepped up to the podium inside City Hall to express their concerns about the massive financial dilemma the city of Warwick was facing. Educated, smart, and caring Warwick taxpayers who saw the writing on the wall repeatedly presented accurate facts and figures (for free mind you) to highlight the massive fiscal doom that our City was facing in the not so near future.
Camille Vella Wilkinson sabotaged citizen presentations, openly mocked citizens by calling information being presented as "kitchen table numbers" , openly allowed city union employees to bully, harass, mock and attempt to intimidate good citizens of Warwick who were just trying to get the truth and facts out there to the public. No one wanted to hear it. They laughed. Fools are always so easily fooled.
Rep Camille Vella -Wilkinson only had her eyes set on the ticket she was holding on to that was punched for her train ride up to the State House to pander some more to the special interest groups that sent her there. Vella-Wilkinson's sidekick, long time City Council member DONNA TRAVIS who represents the Oakland Beach area, is another one who has burned the City of Warwick and the taxpayers every single year she's been on the City Council--- TOO MANY years.
All a bunch of lying , crony hacks who FOR YEARS:
So they could all fraudulently enrich themselves.
The local media -for years- lied for Avedisian and mislead city employees and the taxpayers of Warwick. When Warwick Watch - five years ago- warned about the ONE BILLION DEFICIT the city of Warwick was facing , local media mocked it as the "big scary numbers".
Well it's all hitting the fan so hard now, you better duck and keep your mouth and eyes closed!!!
Now Mayor Solomon is left hold the big stinking bag of ____.
And BTW-- the city retirement board voted just last year to give themselves (as most of the members are city employees) and Warwick city retirees a 3% COLA every year!!! Something ELSE our Warwick City Council OVERLOOKED!!!
Mayor Joe solomon did a fine job outlining the dire financial situation our city is in, so let's see how HEALTHCARE REFORM, SPENDING CUTS & STOPPING THOSE COLAS will come into play for this one sided " self correcting mechanism" situation. You know it can't all just be just on the backs of the taxpayers because you also know that will be the final nail in the coffin for Warwick.
Imagine being so ignorant (Progressives are) to think this type of behavior should ever be tolerated.
That warped, entitlement mentality again...
Warwick Rep EVAN SHANLEY District 24, has his name on an ABORTION BILL that looks to eliminate certain anti-Abortion provisions currently on the RI law books.
Bill H5125 seeks to remove criminal penalties against a perp who has kills a pregnant woman, if the infant dies, that wouldn't count, wouldn't matter.
Shanley also doesn't believe human life begins at conception. He also seeks to eliminate "Declaration of Purpose which "is to promote the state's interest in furthering the integrity of the institution of marriage and family."-- SHANLEY wants that gone too...
Shanley also supports the the elimination of "Spousal Notice Requirements--- if the wife wants an abortion-- the HUSBAND DOESNT NEED TO KNOW A THING.
SHANLEY also advocates * for the the willful killing of a "QUICK CHILD" - a QUICK CHILD is "defined as an unborn child whose heart is beating, who is experiencing electronically-measurable brain waves, who is discernibly moving, who is so far developed and matured as to be capable of surviving the trauma of birth with the aid of usual medical care and facilities available in this state."
Shanley also wants health insurance companies to pay for abortions, including tax payer funded state medicaid.
HERE'S THE BILL: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/…/…/HouseText19/H5125.pdf
ASK YOURSELVES EVERY DAY WHERE THE LINE MUST BE DRAWN IN THE SANDS OF LOST HUMANITY.