AG Kilmartin Settles Open Meetings Act Lawsuit with State Properties Committee

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office had reached a settlement agreement with the State Properties Committee for violations of the Open Meeting Act for failure to post the minutes of several meetings as prescribed by RIGL §§ 42-46-7(d). Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the State Properties Committee agreed to pay $5,000.

SBA Declaration Awarded for Kent County to Aide Those Displaced by Westgate Condominium Fire

On Monday, April 6, 2015, the State of Rhode Island received notification that Kent County was awarded a Non-Stafford Act Administrative Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist the victims of the Westgate Condominium fire that destroyed 38 apartments and displaced 56 people on March 11, 2015.

The Ethics Commission held its 3rd meeting of 2015 on March 10, 2015

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-8 to Robert R. Moreau, a member of the Woonsocket City Council, opining that he may represent himself before the Woonsocket Board of Tax Review in order to appeal the tangible property tax assessed against a business that he owns, based upon a finding of hardship in accordance with Rhode Island General Laws § 36-14-5(e).

Raimondo Signs Executive Order Strengthening Municipalities for Future Growth and Success

Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an executive order strengthening municipalities for future growth and success. This order will help cities and towns reduce costs and property taxes, helping Rhode Island families and encouraging businesses to grow jobs

Little Compton Oceanfront named as a top ten finisher in WSJ’s “Home Of The...

7 Kempton Place, one of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty’s ocean front listings in Little Compton, Rhode Island, was named a top ten finisher in The Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year poll. The classic 1905 summer compound, 'Southwinds', is a spectacular oceanfront home set upon a private point with unparalleled views throughout of the Atlantic Ocean, Elizabeth Islands, and Sakonnet Point Lighthouse. The home’s views have inspired many, including musician Rufus Wainwright, who composed several scenes from his opera, Prima Donna, while staying there. Judy Chace, partner and broker of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, has the home listed for $2,995,000. It is currently pending and set to close in a few weeks.

Langevin Statement for the Record on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Increases

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) submitted the following statement for the record in response to Republican refusal to call up the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act for a vote

Cicilline Announces $3 Million in Home Heating Assistance for Rhode Islanders

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive $3 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces sale in Watch Hill, RI

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty participated in the recent sale of 54 Ocean View Highway in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The one acre setting enjoys beautiful views of the ocean and Block Island. Rob Richins of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyers in this $2,300,000 sale. Nancy Richmond, from Randall Realtors Real Living, represented the sellers.

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces sale in Charlestown, RI

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces the sale of 24 Lagoon Avenue in Quonochontaug, Rhode Island. This gorgeous Ninigret Pond front home boasts beautiful water views over the pond out to the ocean, its own dock, mooring and private beach. Situated on almost a full acre, this 2,700 square foot home sold for $1,695,000. Trevor Ainsworth, of Randall Realtors Real Living, represented the buyers.

DEM’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Announces Second Annual Deer Hunt on Black Rock-Rodman’s...

For the second year in a row, the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a deer hunting program at the Black Rock-Rodman's Hollow Property on Block Island. The Black Rock parcel is the only state- owned property on Block Island that is open for deer hunting.

Rep. Craven proposes increase in estate tax threshold

While Florida offers retirees warm weather, nice beaches and golf, it also presents the opportunity to significantly reduce one’s overall tax burden, according to an article on estate planning in a recent edition of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. The article’s authors go on to say that “in many instances, the tax savings alone for a Rhode Island client moving to Florida will cover the expense of living in the Sunshine State.”

DEM Protects 31 Acres of Forestland Abutting Rockville Management Area in Hopkinton

PROVIDENCE - December 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Department of Environmental Management announces the permanent protection of 31 acres of forestland in Hopkinton. The property abuts DEM's 1,069-acre Rockville Management Area and will provide connectivity from state-owned land around Blue Pond to 945 acres of conservation land held by The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and the Hopkinton Land Trust. Public access will be maintained on the property to provide for hunting and passive recreational uses such as hiking

Smart Money Goes Shopping

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - December 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- As part of her Smart Money Tour, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is helping Rhode Islanders search for their missing money this holiday season at the Warwick Mall on December 14 and 17.

Ribbon Cutting celebrates new affordable homes for adults with special needs in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, R.I. - November 26, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, RI Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, U.S. Department of HUD Regional Administrator Barbara G. Fields, and Craig Stenning, Director, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, joined Bridges, Inc., Rhode Island Housing, representatives from BankNewport, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Jamestown Affordable Housing Trust Fund and other housing champions to celebrate the completion of Hammett Court Apartments in Jamestown.

Rhode Island Housing names Meredith Milner of Prudential Gammons Realty Realtor of the Quarter...

East Greenwich, RI - November 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rhode Island Housing has recognized Meredith Milner with the Realtor of the Quarter Award for her efforts on behalf of Rhode Island homebuyers. This is the first time Milner, a resident of North Kingstown who grew up in Warwick, has been saluted for connecting homebuyers with the Rhode Island Housing Loan Center. The award recognizes Realtors who provide the most first-time homebuyers with our safe, affordable FirstHomes mortgages


Rhode Island Treasury Reunited 8,860 People with $11.7 Million in Unclaimed...

The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30


Langevin, Whitehouse Highlight Bill to Invest $170 Million in Fixing RI...

Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with state, town, and labor officials by the Factory Bridge in West Warwick to call on Congress to pass the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act. The SAFE Bridges Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Whitehouse, and others last month and will be introduced in the House this week by Langevin. The bill would deliver up to $170 million to repair Rhode Island’s deficient and crumbling bridges and create construction jobs