Monday, March 25, 2013
Coincidentally, Jeff Cianciolo is also the person behind the ballot question last November asking voters if the EG Fire District should be abolished and replaced with a town department.
East Greenwich Town Councilor Jeff Cianciolo has been tapped to moderate a meeting of the insolvent Central Coventry Fire District Tuesday night in which voters will be asked if they approve the new budget and tax levy. The CCFD has been in crisis since last fall, when it became clear it did not have enough money to continue operating. The current tax rate is $1.82 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed tax rate is $2.99. A tax rate of $3.15 was rejected at a meeting in February. Cianciolo served as Town Moderator for the town of East Greenwich from 2005 to 2010, when he was elected to the Town Council. He was tapped to moderate the Coventry meeting by CCFD Special Master Richard Land, who also lives in East Greenwich (as …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
It remains unclear how the Fire District will proceed.
According to Town Councilman Jeff Cianciolo, the voice of the people came through loud and clear on Election Day: the vote on merging the EG Fire District with the Town of East Greenwich passed by a 2-to-1 margin. "I think it's incumbent on us to try to work with the Fire District and our state legislators to prepare legislation to merge the district with the town," Cianciolo said at Monday night's Town Council meeting at Swift Community Center. Town Manager Bill Sequino said he'd spoken to Fire Commission Chair Bill Daly earlier in the day and Daly told him the commissioners would be discussing the referendum at their next meeting, Dec. 20. Sequino said Daly did not tip his hand as to the direction of those talks. According to Town …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The first-term town councilor is running for re-election.
Jeff Cianciolo said he knows things are good in East Greenwich. He’s running for a second term on the Town Council to make sure they stay that way. “I believe that I can continue to improve how the Town interacts with and delivers services to the taxpayers,” Cianciolo said in response to a questionnaire emailed to all the candidates. “Although East Greenwich residents already benefit from high-quality municipal services and the best school district in the state, we must not be complacent in looking to improve efficiencies and how we spend taxpayer dollars.” For Cianciolo, consolidation – of both school and town functions and of the East Greenwich Fire District and the town – is of primary importance. As the councilman who put forward the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Each candidate was asked to answer seven questions about East Greenwich and their candidacy for Town Council.
Monday, October 29, 2012
1. Why are you running? I am seeking reelection because I believe that I can continue to improve how the Town interacts with and delivers services to the taxpayers. Although East Greenwich residents already benefit from high quality municipal services and the best school district in the state, we must not be complacent in looking to improve efficiencies and how we spend taxpayer dollars. 2. What are the three most important issues facing the Town of East Greenwich and how would you address each? Continued effort towards consolidation of School and Town functions. Citizen finance committees for both the School and the Town have highlighted an “us versus them” culture that permeates interactions between School and Town employees. At best …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
About 30 residents turned out to hear members of the Town Council and Fire Commissioners make their case for or against the nonbinding ballot question about merging FD with the town, and to ask questions of their own.
The forum Monday night hosted by the Town Council and the Fire District Commissioners brought out two different visions of the future of fire service for the town, with members of both panels on both sides of the issue. The forum was held to explore the nonbinding referendum question that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot: Are you in favor of merging the East Greenwich Fire District into the Town of East Greenwich, the result of which would be that the Town would maintain a municipal fire department and the separate Fire District would cease to exist? Town Councilor Jeff Cianciolo – the one who proposed the idea of the ballot question in July – spoke first. "This town has two governments," he said. The Town of EG has a lengthy and …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The EGFD and Town Council will be on hand Monday night at Swift Community Center to talk about both sides of the issue.
East Greenwich residents have the opportunity to hear from East Greenwich Fire Commissioners and the Town Council on the non-binding referendum question that goes before voters on Nov. 6 which asks if the fire service should be merged with the town. The public forum takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at Swift Community Center. Residents are encouraged to come. The East Greenwich Fire District has always been a completely separate from the town. It is ruled by a five-member Fire Commission with independent taxing authority. Town Councilman Jeff Cianciolo raised the issue of placing a nonbinding referendum question before voters during a Council meeting in July. Cianciolo said he wanted to hear what citizens thought about having two systems. “…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Cianciolo was first elected to the East Greenwich Town Council in 2010.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Name : Mr. Jeffrey Boylan Cianciolo Date of birth : 01 January 1970 Place of residence : East Greenwich Attended college : Yes College : Boston College Degree : BA Year of graduation : 1991 University : Seton Hall Law School Area of research : Law Year of graduation : 1995 Job titles held : NA Employers : NA Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Local office Running for position: Town Council Chamber/district: Incumbent: Yes First elected: 15 November 2010 Previous elective offices : Town Council Town Moderator Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA Address Name : Jeffrey Cianciolo Title :
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Town Council votes 3-1 in favor of putting the non-binding referendum on the ballot despite some vocal dissent.
After some heated discussion, the Town Council voted 3-1 to add a nonbinding referendum question to the November ballot that would ask voters if they thought the town and fire district should merge. Councilman Mike Kiernan voted against the plan. “The knee-jerk reaction is going to be, “Of course we should merge,” Kiernan said during the debate. “This question on its face is biased.… it doesn’t provide the detail needed.” “Why do we have two separate, independent governments for a town of 13,000?” countered Cianciolo. “Placing this referendum on the ballot is, number one, an opportunity to educate the people about how their town runs. We’ll also get their opinion.” Fire Commissioner Chairman Steve Bartlett told council members the issue …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Councilman Jeff Cianciolo suggests putting that question as a non-binding referendum on the November ballot.
At the end of Monday night’s Town Council meeting, during Council Comments, Councilor Jeff Cianciolo suggested adding a nonbinding referendum question to the November ballot that would ask whether the EG Fire District should be merged with the town or remain separate. Under the current long-standing arrangement, there is the Town of East Greenwich (which includes police, schools, public works and parks and rec) and the EG Fire District. They are completely distinct operations, with two separate taxing authorities. Many communities in the state have had such arrangements. Cianciolo, who was elected to the Town Council two years ago and is running for re-election, said he started thinking about this after he got on the Council and was …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Republicans field a full slate for Council and School Committee; Democrats offer no candidates for Council, four for School Committee.
The Democrats cup runneth over for School Committee, with four candidates for three seats, while they failed to field a single candidate for Town Council's five available seats. Republicans, meanwhile, have a full slate of five candidates for council, two candidates for School Committee and one candidate for Town Moderator. By 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a total of 15 people had filed to run for town offices – 8 Republicans, 4 Democrats, 1 Libertarian, 1 Moderate, and 1 independent. There are 6 candidates for Town Council, 7 for School Committee, and 2 for Town Moderator. Former School Committee Chair Jean Ann Guliano is making a run for Town Council. If she wins, she would be the first woman councilor in 10 years. Guliano is running as a…