Lombardi Steers $18,000 in Legislative Grants into Cranston

Schools, community organizations, youth sports and feasts to get funding boosts.

Cranston's Sen. Frank S. Lombardi announced a slew of legislative grants to benefit city schools and organizations to the tune of $18,000. 

Here's the list:
  • Arlington Elementary School, $1,000, to be used to purchase a new LCD projector, laptop and batteries.
  • Gladstone Elementary School / Kidventure, $1,000, to be used to offset expenses of the Math Night Program materials and supplies.
  • Hugh B. Bain Middle School, $1,000, to offset the after-school tutoring program, including teacher stipends and materials.
  • Orchard Farms Elementary School, $1,000, for supplies to enhance the support implementation of inquiry-based science curriculum.
  • Stone Hill Elementary School, $1,000, to offset the hourly stipend of After School Math Intervention Program.
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, $2,500 to fund a clinic coordinator and for facility rent.
  • Cranston Historical Society, $500 for computer networking software and installation.
  • Cranston Western Little League, $1,500 for upgrading existing baseball equipment for 350 children.
  • Harris House Residents Association, $1,000 to offset catering and kitchen supplies.
  • Knightsville Senior Club, $2,500 to help offset meeting hall rental costs.
  • RI Senior Softball League, $1,000 to help offset league costs including insurance, umpire fees, equipment and field permits.
  • Santa Maria DiPrata Festival and Feast, $1,500 to help cover police and fire safety for the 2013 annual festival.
  • Scituate Vista Tenants Association, $1,000 to help cover the cost of various special celebrations.
  • Spurwink RI, $500 to purchase furniture for the facility.
  • St. Mary’s Feast Society, $1,500 to help offset the cost of the police detail at the feast.
Bob February 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Seriously Frank. RI Senior Softball grant. This is why you ran for higher office ? Thanks for keeping the status quo at the state house. You are another contributing factor why we suck as a state. Frank the state is last in everything. Get a freakin clue or get out
fsl February 01, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Bob, Iam not sure if you are a constituent or a resident of Ri. I presume you are. You are absolutely right..if all i stood for was a grant to senior softball i would fail even maintaining the status quo. Fortunately, that's not my only contribution. aside from being fully accessible to all my constituency, including a reply to your comment, many of these grants are going to our students and our seniors. My contributions don't stop there. as you may not know, I have called for the Auditor General to conduct a full audit of the DMV IT system contract; I have co-signed the 38 Studios Bill call for an independent group to access the entire deal that went down before my election to the senate; I have co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the corporate tax; i have sponsored a bill to give tax burden relief to soldiers who have served in battle for our country; I am about to submit tax reform legislation regarding the state's handling of income tax deductions; I plan on sponsoring legislation which will facilitate the ability to do business in Rhode island through the senate President's "Rhode To Work" campaign; I fully support our fair funding formula to continue to help our students narrow the skills gap, and in that light, will fully support my colleague, Hanna Gallo in her fight for all day Kindergarten. so, please don't look at one line item in a list of over a dozen to generalize my position. I thank you for your concern and agree with our need to avoid the status quo. If I can ever be of service to you or if you would like to discuss any issue with me, please feel free to do so. My private office number is 453-3900 and my cell is 447-9441. Thank you and have a great weekend. Frank Lombardi
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 01, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Frank, I commend and thank you for responding in the comment thread. I think we're long overdue for a brief conversation about the new legislative session and your plans, so I'll be calling you soon.
fsl February 01, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Mark, I will be more than happy to do so. Frank
Bob February 01, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Wow I'm overwhelmed...an actual reply to which I will say thank you and point taken....My problem with the "rub & tug" which it is often described as and I happen to agree with is we simply cannot afford these things...period...end of discussion...I think it totals around 2 to 3 million a year......Again thanks for the reply ...it's a lot more than I get from the two "stiffs" that actually represent my district....but that's a story for another day...Regards....
Patrick Boyd February 01, 2014 at 07:40 PM
I don't understand the value in contributing money to Scituate Vista tenants assoc, for various special celebrations, nor do I see the value in contributing to the Knightsville Senior Club to defray the costs of the meeting hall rental. Why is my money, and some of my money is in there, going to a private tenants association so that they can have parties? I don't even understand what the Knightsville thing means. What meeting hall? Is there a meeting hall in the Knightsville Senior Club, if there's even such a place? Actually I lied. I understand the value. You're buying votes. There's no secret that this goes on despite the fact that so many people disagree with the practice. With that being said, there are groups that are MUCH more deserving of this money. Homeless groups, battered women groups, but mostly art and music and athletic programs for the kids. If a group of grown men (and possibly women I suppose) want to get together and play softball, that's great but to pay for their equipment and umpires and permits.?! Seriously?!?
Vincent Boombatz February 02, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Government money for a religious feast....good thing Jessica Ahlquist lives in Vermont.
Martin Vale February 02, 2014 at 08:58 AM
The lawyer turned politician is a way of life for most of these ambulance chasers. I can't believe Frank Lombardi has the unmitigated gall to publicize these $1000.00 grants to Public Schools after his abysmal record on the School Committee in Cranston. There are no Middle School Sports but you are publicizing grants for adult softball and Italian Feasts in Cranston. I am a Cranston taxpayer and will never give you my vote.
PMarandola February 02, 2014 at 09:48 AM
fsl how about the DMV STOP OVERCHARGING US! They keep adding on fees really? RI is a *&^% mess! NO work none in site but yet add add add..us taxpayers are tapped out, I know I am. I've had & as soon as I can sell my house I'm leaving. Problem is no one will buy it!
PMarandola February 02, 2014 at 09:49 AM
And the Senate & Reps need to start making laws that HELP us NOT hurt us! Pigs get fat hogs get slaughtered and my lawyer uses this quote
Chris12 February 02, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Members of our General Assembly did not get there by accident. The voters elected them. Special Interest people are given recommendations on who to vote for and why. They follow instructions, always get out to vote,and their candidate usually wins. The non-special interest people far out number the special interest voters. Yet they can not find the time to be informed and get out to vote. We have and election in November. Can we get it right this time? VOTE THEM ALL OUT for putting our beautiful state dead freeken last in everything!!!
PMarandola February 02, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Chris we the voters need to CLEAN house but the people don't...I know I do. FSL is all about power $$$ notarity this is his stepping stone o the State House wait n see.
Pete Delvecchio February 03, 2014 at 06:51 AM
I can see why this happens. A $1000 is only .0001 percent of the budget so who cares? The problem, in my opinion, is that most politicians do not really understand finance. How does that minuscule $1,000 get paid for? If my calculations are correct, At an effective tax rate of just 3.75%, the state needs to generate $26,667 in tax revenue to pay for it. That means a worker making $10 per hour has to work 2.6667 hours or 66 weeks at 40 hours. So.... Walk up to the person at the dunkin donuts counter and ask them if they are willing to work for 66 weeks and all of the state tax that comes out of their check will go to a festival and not to health care, reducing deficits or education. How would you feel?
Chris12 February 03, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Pete Del - The average RI voter/taxpayer has no clue about what is going on in their state and local government. Why do you think these same incompetent reps keep getting elected?? Anyone who pays attention would NEVER vote for these self-serving vote groveling politicians. I am not ready to give up on my fellow RI taxpayers. I would like to think we have suffered enough with gross incompetence and we are now angry enough to VOTE THEM ALL OUT
Pete Delvecchio February 03, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Sorry, the $26,667 is income and i meant to say taxable income.


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