Sen. Lynch Prata seeks to increase RIAC payment to Warwick


Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick) has introduced legislation (2018-S 2064) that would increase the amount of money that the City of Warwick receives from the Rhode Island Airport Corporation in exchange for municipal services to T.F. Green Airport. 

The annual amount would increase from $750,000 to $1,400,000, which is generated through parking revenue at the airport.

“There is no question that the success of T.F. Green Airport has an enormous impact on Rhode Island’s well-being and the City of Warwick is proud to host this bustling transportation center.  But, in order to keep the airport functioning properly for the betterment of all its travelers, the City of Warwick does contribute a large share of municipal services to the airport’s operations.  As costs rise, it is only fair that Warwick is properly compensated for its contributions and this bill will ensure just that,” Senator Lynch Prata, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary said in a statement.

The legislation is cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) and Sen. Jeanine Calkin (D-Dist. 30, Warwick).


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This is the second piece of legislation in regards to this same issue. It's good to hear that Sen. Lynch-Prata recognizes that the airport isn't paying their fair share. They received the land that previously had over 100 houses on it. Those homes were paying millions in real estate taxes. The airport got that land and gave to the citizens of Warwick air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and soil pollution. The Warwick taxpayers were severely taken advantage of. The RIAC never even made all of the renovations to the surrounding properties they promised to make. I have promised that, as Mayor, I would renegotiate the Airport Agreement. My critics said that it was a "done-deal" and couldn't be renegotiated. Sen. Lynch-Prata, Sen. Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, and Sen. Calkin are agreeing with Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson and showing that it CAN be renegotiated! Nothing is impossible if you respect the needs of the 80,000 taxpayers that are paying the tab.

These elected officials are proving it.

Happy Valentines everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Here is the link to the proposed bill:

Readers interested in facts and an honest reading of information will see that the bill asks for more revenue, "provided any payments provided or any portion of these payments is not disapproved by the F.A.A.," and that the state would make up any difference if the F.A.A. disapproves of any portion of the payment. The bill text says nothing -- nothing -- about renegotiating the airport contract.

- "Nothing is impossible if you respect the needs of the 80,000 taxpayers that are paying the tab."

Getting elected is impossible when a candidate continues to misrepresent basic facts, which the fake "mayor" is proving again through his willfully repeated false statements.

Also, Warwick has 80,000 residents, not 80,000 taxpayers, another error that he has refused to correct despite the factual information being provided to him repeatedly.

Happy 279 days until tens of thousands of honest, taxpaying voters in Warwick overwhelmingly reject the fake "mayor" yet again.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What is truly amazin,g his mentor and complete failure to Warwick, Vella Wilkinson, was highly instrumental in repealing the litigation against the FAA which in turn gave us the loss of the Winslow neighborhood, abandonment of homes, relocation of fields and loss of tax revenue. Nice going Vella.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello again Thecaptain:

Seems like the fake "mayor" is also following another hero of his, Donna Travis, in failing to properly follow campaign finance laws:

It's probably too much to hope that he takes Travis's lead and admits to his behavior, since he still has not said one word about paying Clay Shackleton for his campaign office -- the same person who paid the delinquent tax bill on the fake "mayor's" residence at 177 Grand View Drive. for two years.

Readers interested in seeing proof of this will find the $4,000 payment from campaign funds here:

And here is the link to the city's property database -- enter 177 Grand View to see Mr. Shackleton's payments in 2014 and 2015 totaling some $13,000:

Thank you, also, for that refresher course on past events with the airport, Thecaptain. That was certainly an unfortunate moment for the city and absolutely left us in this current situation, no matter how hard the fake "mayor" tries to blame it solely on Mayor Avedisian. Many people were involved in selling out the city for a larger airport, and I appreciate your work to better inform readers of that fact.

Thursday, February 1, 2018