Greater City Providence

This is our Senate leadership

Watch Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed’s statement:

Ciccone steps down from leadership role:


No word from the Senate President on Senator Ruggerio who was the one who actually plead to refusing a breathalizer.

There’s also this from the Journal:

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio on Wednesday called Sen. Frank Ciccone’s decision to resign from two of his committee posts “courageous.”

“Obviously he is thinking about the Senate as an institution,” Ruggerio said after the regular Senate session ended. “I wish him the best and he is my friend and I am sure things will work out.”

Yes, courageous that Ciccone, who along with Ruggerio, works for Laborers International Union of North America, will remain the Vice-Chair of the Senate Labor Committee. What does organized labor in Rhode Island think of all this, threatening police officers pensions?

You know what would have been courageous? Putting your drunk friend in a cab.

Ruggerio also stated that he would stay in his post as Senate Majority Leader (the number 2 spot in that chamber) and remain on all his committees. People, Ruggerio was the drunk driver, Ruggerio was the one who could have killed someone.

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.


  • He seems to see even this arrest as a means to further his career, so had he killed someone, he probably would have seen that a sign he should run for governor.

  • Phillipe And Jorge:

    No one was ever going to confuse the General Assembly with the Mensa Society, but even long-suffering Vo Dilunduhs would prefer that it not become a haven for penny ante thugs, if only for appearances sake. And yes, we are talking to you, Senators Ruggiero and Ciccone.

    It was always appalling to P&J that someone like Rubbers Ruggerio could be named Senate Majority Leader. Shoplifting condoms would no doubt disqualify even a Louisiana solon from becoming a number two in that state’s Senate, never mind a blatant and arrogant, in-your-face abuse of power like the Stephen Iannazzi hiring scandal. So do you think he gives a tinker’s damn about a DUI?

    Do yourself a favor and follow the link to read the whole thing.

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