Greater City Providence

Full disclosure regarding Transition Providence

Today the Transition Team for Mayor-Elect Taveras issued a press release announcing seven committees devoted to determining how to put Mr. Taveras’ campaign promises into action.

If you read the release closely, you’d have noticed that my name is on it. A couple weeks ago I was asked to be on the City Services Committee and accepted. So in the interest of full disclosure, I’m letting you, Greater City: Providence’s readers know.

I can assure you that I will continue to be as critical and snarky as ever when a critical eye and/or snark is warranted. It is an honor to be asked to provide input for the next administration though.

The City Services Committee will be meeting at least two more times (and we have split ourselves into subcommittees which are meeting more frequently), then we need to prepare a report for the Mayor-Elect by December 21st.

Head over to Nesi’s Notes on for a full list of all the committees and committee members.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • It certainly is a rare treat to see people who actually KNOW stuff on the transition committees (as opposed to those picked because of how their wallets helped the candidate) and Angel could not pick a better urban advocate than Jef.

    I was disappointed that the Environment committee was so…spare, however. Since environmental issues tie directly into so many other areas of the urban experience, from public safety to education to economic development and arts/culture, I had hoped it would be a little more robust.

    Congrats, Jef, and make us proud to be urbanites even though I am currently only one in abstentia. Maybe you can talk to Mayor Elect Angel and impress upon him the importance of lasting and solid environmental policies that benefit all city departments and demographics of Providence.

  • Congrats! Even though we disagree on some things, I think your insight will be a great addition to the group.

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