|Address||30 Blackstone Blvd |
Providence, Rhode Island , United States
|| July 15, 1961
Sep 20, 2016 08:51pm
Italian - Jewish - Liberal - Government Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Gun control - Single - Judaism - Gay -
|Info||Mayor David N. Cicilline was born in the South Side of Providence and then moved with his family to Narragansett, Rhode Island. He graduated Brown University magna cum laude and went on to earn a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a public defender in Washington, D.C. before returning home to open a practice in criminal defense and civil rights law. |
Cicilline began his political life serving four terms as state representative from Providence’s East Side. He earned a reputation as a fierce champion of political reform and gun safety, and his dedication to ethics in government won him Common Cause’s #1 ranking.
In 2002, when the City of Providence was buckling under a $59 million deficit, an archaic administrative infrastructure, and the legacy of decades of corruption, David Cicilline announced his candidacy for Mayor. He pledged to restore public confidence in City Hall and to revitalize the city’s neighborhoods. The message resounded. Cicilline swept a four-way primary election and went on to easily win the general election.
Since taking office, Mayor Cicilline has produced unprecedented results. “Something remarkable is happening here. A city long renowned for the rackets and graft is being cleaned up by a reform-minded mayor. For Providence, it really is a new day,” observed David Broder of the Washington Post.
City government is in the process of a comprehensive transformation. Employees from five city unions now work under new, 21st-century, professional contracts. Innovative tracking technology monitors the efficiency of service delivery. 14% of management positions have been eliminated. Providence has dropped to 17th in the state for per-capita property tax, and has earned A’s from all three major bond rating agencies.
By restoring trust in city government, Mayor Cicilline has ushered in $3 billion in new investment in the Providence. Downtown is both a powerhouse business district and an urbane and exciting place to live. Providence’s reputation as one of the great boutique cities for fine art and fine dining is growing around the world. The Wall Street Journal recently called Providence one of the top ten up-and-coming global tourist destinations.
Activity in Providence’s 25 neighborhoods has reawakened. Under Mayor Cicilline’s leadership, Providence has seen crime drop to its lowest rate in 30 years, bucking the national trend. Mayor Cicilline’s vision for a robust after-school system to rival those of wealthy suburban communities is now a reality. Affordable housing is being developed at six times the rate of the 1990s.
Since he began his second term in 2007 after garnering 83% of the vote, David Cicilline has sought to build on his early economic development successes to reposition Providence as a center for next-generation jobs. He continues to transform City Hall and to focus on improving the quality of life in every neighborhood. His optimism for his home city is boundless.