Reducing Litter, Protecting our Environment
Last week, I brought state, town and business leaders together to announce a collaborative solution to clean up Misquamicut Beach.

Over 340,000 people visit Misquamicut bringing over $40 million to this area each year. This season, trash left behind by beach goers flooded our state beach posing significant problems for the environment and the local economy

In addition to enforcing personal responsibility, we are launching a pilot program that will place dumpsters for trash and recycling at the beach exit—receptacles will be tipping fee free. The Town will also invest in solar trash compactors throughout Misquamicut and a part time employee to monitor and enforce the new program. Thank you to everyone who joined my office to make this possible with no increase to beach fees.
Launching a Town Hall Series on Addressing Alzheimer's
As part of my effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, we are launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.
 
The Town Hall series kicks off on Monday, August 6 th in four communities:
 
  • Warwick Public Library, Central Library: 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm     
  • Wood River Health Services: 823 Main Street, Hope Valley, RI 02832, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm       
  • Benjamin Eddy Building: 6 S. Killingly Road, Foster, RI 02825, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Hope Alzheimer’s Center: 25 Brayton Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Increasing Low-Cost Energy Options
This session, the General Assembly passed legislation I proposed to enable the Public Utilities Commission to create its own unique program that protects consumers while improving much-needed access to low cost energy options for Rhode Island families and small businesses.

The program will be funded entirely by the competitive electric supply companies at no cost to ratepayers. As outlined in the legislation, the Commission will only be permitted to create a program that ultimately benefits electric customers.