Providence Journal: "The Biden administration's response to Russia's unprovoked Invasion of Ukraine has been dominated by a series of escalating sanctions which have damaged the Russian economy but not reduced Vladimir Putin's appetite for raining death and destruction upon a country whose very existence he has questioned... What can the Biden administration and its European allies do In the face of this act of grand theft in plain sight? It can Immediately begin to transition from a focus on sanctions to one that centers on reparations." Read the full guest column by State Senator Lou Raptakis - view it here.
COVENTRY, RI – WPRI Local News: The ongoing dispute between the owners of a Coventry pond and the residents who live around it has made its way to the R.I. State House. Johnson’s Pond has been a point of contention for residents since it was purchased by Soscia Holdings, LLC - last year… In an effort to intervene, Senator Lou Raptakis introduced a bill that would give the town control of the water levels.
Raptakis said Soscia Holdings is “taking drastic actions to manipulate water levels as a means of punishing residents who dare to complain about the company’s actions.”
“They’ve sought to limit residents’ access to the area by putting up gates, called the police to try to stop people from enjoying the pond, filed frivolous suits and even threatened to turn the pond into a solar panel farm,” Raptakis said. “There’s not a wetlands area this company wouldn’t trash if it meant putting money in their pockets.” Read the full article posted by: Sarah Doiron and Anita Baffoni - Click/Tap Here
March 6, 2022: RI State Senator Lou Raptakis with fellow Southern New Englanders are seen showing their support for Ukraine as the war with Russia continues. Ukrainian-American community members gathered in Woonsocket to raise money for Ukraine and call for an end to the violence. The rally took place on the steps of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Article by Gabrielle Caracciolo, NBC 10 NEWS
COVENTRY, RI (WJAR) ...State Senator Lou Raptakis, has suggested- "The General Assembly could be helpful in solving a growing rift between the pond's new owners and the town. ...People use the pond for fishing, boating, recreation, it's part of Coventry. To have some developer come there and try to use this as a money grab is absolutely unacceptable." Read the full, original, article at 10WJAR.
From the recent East Greenwich News community stories published on their website.
STATE HOUSE – "With a change in leadership in the Governor’s office, there has been considerable discussion about the priorities and procedures for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) is calling for an online registration process for vaccinations for the general public, similar to what was done with COVID-19 testing in the state, where there was an online portal on the RI Department of Health website to schedule testing." Read the full press release- click/tap here.
Patch, RI: An Coventry condo association reported that their billing for water went up more than quadruple in comparison to their previous quarter payment.
"Instead of scrambling to make excuses that make no sense, it's time for the Kent County Water Authority to recognize that something has gone seriously wrong with their billing and take corrective action to address the problem," Sen. Leonidas Raptakis said. "This problem is only going to explode when they send the remaining two-thirds of their bills out and people see they are being wildly overcharged. I'm not going away, my legislative colleagues aren't going away and consumers being victimized by this agency are not going away. The KWCA needs to fix this mess and they need to do it now." Read more about it at The Patch.
State Senator Raptakis in Rhode Island's district #33 (Coventry, East & West Greenwich). Please like the Senator on Facebook.