Hello everyone, 

 

As many of you know, Governor Raimondo has been selected to serve as Commerce Secretary in the Biden Administration. I want to congratulate her and thank her for her leadership and service to our state. 

 

As the transition begins, I want Rhode Islanders to know that we’re all going to work together. We will be laser-focused on the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout, and we will come out of this crisis stronger than we went in. 

 

This is a critically important time for our state and nation. 

 

Our frontline health care workers – our nurses, doctors, and hospital staff – are giving their all to save lives and fight against this virus. Thousands of families are working hard to make ends meet. Small businesses are being challenged like they have never been challenged before – and I will do everything I can to help them survive and prosper. Parents are concerned about their children’s education and our heroic teachers are doing incredible work overcoming unprecedented obstacles. And everyone is wondering when will a vaccine finally reach them. 

 

As a lifelong Rhode Islander – a former mayor, small business owner, and state official – I want you to know that our transition process will be seamless, particularly when it comes to the pandemic response and vaccine rollout.

 

I’m communicating with our health officials and have spoken to Speaker Shekarchi and Senate President Ruggerio. As I have in the past, I will continue to work with all our municipal leaders to ensure their voices are heard at the state level. 

 

We’re going to be a government that listens and works with our partners in all 39 cities and towns. Because we all have the same goal – to build a stronger future for the people of the State of Rhode Island. 

 

I look forward to working together to earn your trust – and confidence – in the days and months ahead.

 

In 2021, let’s stay positive and test negative. Thank you very much.

Federal authorities are looking into yesterday's deadly crash near the California-Mexico border. NBC News confirms the Department of Homeland Security unit in San Diego is launching a human smuggling investigation. The collision occurred yesterday morning when a semi-truck full of gravel hit a sports utility vehicle carrying 25 people.       Private sector job growth is down for the month of February. An A-D-P report shows 117-thousand positions were added last month, while economists were expecting about 225-thousand. Nearly all of the net job growth came from the services sector.       A joint Senate hearing focused on the January 6th Capitol attack is underway. Some intelligence, national security and military officials are testifying today. Ohio Republican Rob Portman says it took far too long for the National Guard to arrive, more than three hours after the Capitol was breached.       New York State lawmakers could vote this week to take away Governor Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus-related emergency powers. This comes as Cuomo is facing accusations of mismanagement of nursing homes and allegations of harassment by three women. Meanwhile, The Working Families party is joining a growing list of people and organizations calling on Cuomo to resign.       House Democrats are reissuing a subpoena for former President Trump's tax records. This is part of the House Oversight Committee's investigation into presidential conflicts of interest and emoluments. The move follows the Supreme Court's ruling requiring Trump to hand his taxes over to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.       A new Broadway show is set to debut in New York City whenever theaters reopen. Thoughts Of A Colored Man could be the first new show to hit the stage since theaters were shuttered. However, Broadway will remain closed until at least June.