Council President Matos fills vacant committee seats

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The five Providence City Council members who were initially left off all of the council’s subcommittees have been handed their assignments.

Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) has named Democratic Councilors Seth Yurdin (Ward1), Helen Anthony (Ward 2), Nirva LaFortune (Ward 3), Kat Kerwin (Ward 12) and David Salvatore (Ward 14) to various council committees, filling seats she left open last month.

Anthony, who was elected last year, won the most prized position: a seat on the powerful Finance Committee, which controls the city budget process and has a say over how the majority of tax dollars are spent.

Yurdin and Salvatore, two veteran councilors, were appointed to the Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs. LaFortune will join Anthony on the Claims Committee. Kerwin was named to the Committee on Public Works and the City Property Committee.

Matos, who was elected president last month, faced criticism for failing to appoint the five councilors who did not support her leadership bid to any committees. She said she allowed committee chairs to make selections, although City Council rules state that the president has the final say on appointments.

In other commitee news, Matos named Councilwoman Rachel Miller (Ward 13) to the City Property Committee and the Special Committee on Public Safety. Matos has resigned from the City Property Committee and Councilman Luis Aponte (Ward 10) has resigned from the Claims Committee.

Here’s the full breakdown of each committe:

Committee on Finance
Councilman John Igliozzi
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Helen Anthony

Committee on Ordinances
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning
Councilman Luis Aponte
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo

Committee on Public Works
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Kat Kerwin

Committee on City Property
Councilwoman Carmen Castillo
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilwoman Kat Kerwin
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

Committee on Claims and Pending Suits
Councilman Nicholas Narducci
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune
Councilwoman Helen Anthony

Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs
Councilman Luis Aponte
Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Council President Sabina Matos
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman James Taylor
Councilman Seth Yurdin
Councilman David Salvatore

Special Committee on Public Safety
Councilman James Taylor
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilman Michael Correia
Councilman Nicholas Narducci, Jr.
Councilwoman Rachel Miller

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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