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Latino Daily News

Tuesday January 4, 2011

Rhode Island Capital Swears in First Latino Mayor

Providence, Rhode Island’s first Latino mayor was sworn in to office on Monday.

Becoming the 37th mayor of the state’s capital, 40-year-old Angel Taveras, was sworn in at 12:01 a.m. on January 3rd.

In his inaugural speech, Taveras immediately addressed the issue of unfunded pension liability calling it a “ticking time bomb,” and he also pointed out deficiencies in the local public school system, but expressed that the city is capable of doing better.

“It is unacceptable, and unconscionable that we provide anything less than the absolute best: a college and career preparatory education for every single child in this city, regardless of family income, regardless of skin color, regardless of ZIP code.”

As a Dominican-American lawyer, Taveras grew up in Providence’s South Side and went on to graduate from Harvard University, and then went on to Georgetown to earn his law degree. After, he returned to Providence and joined the firm of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP.

Taveras also ran for Congress in Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District in 1999, but after an unsuccessful campaign he opened his own practice in Providence.

He became an associate judge on the Providence Housing Court in 2007 and was twice confirmed by the Providence City Council after being appointed by David N. Cicilline, the mayor at the time.

Then on November 2nd, 2010, Taveras captured 82 percent of the votes, and won the Providence race for mayor.