Giannini: What’s in? What’s out? Friday December 15, 2018


What’s In

Fane Tower Override Prevails

One of the biggest Providence proposal projects prevailed Thursday night in a council override of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s veto. What happens next is anyone’s game. What does this veto say about the Council’s relationship with the Mayor? Things may be different after January when a new council takes office.

This project still has a long way to go. But it has the support of powerful union leaders who never fail to get their way. It was no surprise the pressure was put on Councilwoman Harris to change her vote and no surprise that she changed her position. The union power always prevails in situations like this and there was no way one councilwoman could fight this alone. People need to cut her some slack, because it is not easy being the deciding vote on a project of such magnitude. She should not bear blame for her vote because the responsibility bears on all the council people who voted yes. Their responsibilities to the people in their district will be determined in the following months when decisions are made about tax breaks and incentives. Strong leadership has its consequences, whether it be good or bad. It is not too late for the city council to make the right decisions to make this project a success. By working with the Mayor and the community, agreeable solutions can be made. 

Women in Power

For the first time in history, the Providence City council will have a majority of eight women.  The glass ceiling in Providence has been broken. Let’s hope the council will put their efforts into working with and for the people of Providence.

What’s Out

Bomb Threats

In RI and throughout the United States there’ve been robo bomb threat calls made to various businesses in RI and other states demanding money. They were found to be false, but the mere threat of such actions gives grave concern. 

Holiday Thieves

Remember this time of year is when all the porch thieves come out and steal, so be careful if you are expecting packages or special deliveries. Call your post office to make arrangements to pick up your packages or arrange for them to be delivered when you are home.

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at