SEPT. 11, 2020 – COVENTRY, RI – "Coventry State Senator Leonidas Raptakis is again calling for schools to have the option to have a moment of silence to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. On the 19th anniversary on Friday, Raptakis announced his plans to reintroduce the legislation in the upcoming legislation session. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the legislation, introduced last year, did not come to a vote during this session. The new legislative session is set to begin in January.
After the New York law was brought to my attention, I thought this policy would also be useful in Rhode Island’s classrooms," Raptakis explained. "September 11th was one of the most seminal events in our country’s history and as each anniversary of the event goes by, it’s important that we impress the significance of the attack on our students to not only memorialize all that were lost and sacrificed during the attacks, but also to help engage in conversations with students about the impact and history of that terrible day." Read more of Rachel Nunes' Patch story - click/tap here.
"STATE HOUSE – State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) has expressed support for the police departments in Coventry, East Greenwich and West Greenwich today, highlighting the vital work they do to serve and protect their communities." Caruolo, RI State House Publicist
"As someone who owned a small business in Coventry for decades, I know how important it is to have a reliable and responsive police department to keep us safe and respond in time of crisis. I’ve always had a good relationship with these departments and I am grateful to the leadership and individual officers who help make our communities special.” Said State Sen. Lou Raptakis. Read more of the General Assembly's press release... Click/tap here.
RI State Senator Lou Raptakis (District 33, Coventry, E Greenwich, & W Greenwich) joined ABC's "In the Arena" Paolino Properties - Joe Paolino in discussing legislative efforts to raise awareness about:
State Senator Raptakis Calls on Rhode Island Congressional Delegation... Support U.S. Sanctions Against the Recent Incursion into Syria by the Turkish Government's Troops
The National Herald, by TNH Staff: "COVENTRY, RI – Greek-American Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis is calling on Congressmen Jim Langevin and Davic Cicilline, as well as Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, to support sanctions against the Turkish government for their recent incursion into northern Syria.
Raptakis said the Turkish invasion threatens to turn into a genocide against the Kurdish people who had established a stable area where some two million Kurdish citizens were able to reside in relative peace compared to the rest of the troubled country." Read the full article at The National Herald.
"STATE HOUSE – Legislation (2019-S 0201A / 2019-H 5798A) sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa that caps the interest rates charged by the town of Coventry to ratepayers for the town’s sewer project has become law after its passage by the General Assembly.
“These bills have given relief to the sewer rate payers directly, and to the taxpayers indirectly, of the town of Coventry in the thousands of dollars by capping the interest rate to the same rate as borrowed from the town and only a small fraction for administrative costs,” said Senator Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich)." Read full press release at: State of RI General Assemble News.
State Senator Raptakis Highlights Completion of Auditor General’s Report on the “Troubled” Coventry Sewer Project
"STATE HOUSE – Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) are highlighting the release of Auditor General Dennis Hoyle’s report on the long-troubled Coventry sewer program and the high costs being levied on Coventry’s taxpayers. The Auditor General completed the report at the request of Senator Raptakis, Representative Serpa, and other members of the Coventry delegation in the General Assembly.
The report lays out a detailed analysis of the operations and implementation of the controversial sewer project and offers several recommendations to rectify concerns about the program, as well as, recommendations to ensure the project’s short-term and long-term financial viability and success." Read full report... Click/tap here.
By: Ballotpedia - The Encyclopedia of American Politics
“What they’ve done is they’ve just opened up this whole issue to a third party and a third party took advantage of a loophole," said Sen. Lou Raptakis, a Democrat that represents District 33. Raptakis was forwarded the flyer from one of his constituents. He said he wouldn't campaign that way, and the whole idea of it is just plain wrong. “Politics has no place in public education," he said. Read more at: NBC 10 RI.
Raptakis says he’s noticed several of his campaign signs have gone missing, which led him to do some digging. Two separate incidents, caught on camera, show Copley removing Raptakis' campaign signs at two different gas stations: A Sunoco Gas Station off of Exit 6 and a Mobile Gas Station off of exit 7 on I-95 South in West Greenwich..." Read original story and view actual stolen sign video at: NBC 10 RI
State Senator Raptakis in Rhode Island's district #33 (Coventry, East & West Greenwich). Please like the Senator on Facebook.