Letter to the Editor: We Endorse Current Town Council

by | Oct 23, 2022

Editor’s note: We originally posted this with no individual names attached. That is not our policy and we regret the omission. Also, we have edited the sentence mentioning the town manager and police chief for clarity. 

On behalf of the waterfront community, we would like to commend the current Town Council for their honorable work in our East Greenwich Community, with added notability for restoring peace and balance to our waterfront neighborhood.  We are very thankful to have a caring honest Town Council – together with Town Manager Andy Nota and Police Chief Brown and his staff – who approach controversial issues with proven intelligent, competent resolve. Through hours of service, they listened and took measures to encourage thriving waterfront businesses, while employing necessary safety methods to preserve our neighboring calm. We are grateful and proud to endorse them in the coming term, and look forward to their continued support of our town, and growing waterfront community! The EG Waterfront Committee is made up of residents who live on or near Water Street and we welcome new members. Contact Joe at [email protected].

Thank you,

Joe Gelineau
Elaine Gelineau
Marga Matheny
Claudia Saul
Donna Wilson
Richard Wilson

Members of East Greenwich Waterfront Committee



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October 24, 2022 9:20 am

As a resident, I was unaware if this committee, which apparently is actively working on behalf of the residents and, according to the authors, effectively doing so. What wonderful news! Given the committee is publishing a “letter to the editor” and endorsing the current town council members actions, can EG News please help uncover more about the actual committee. Who is on it? How were they selected? When do they meet? What outcomes have occurred that deserve commendation? How do other town residents engage with the council?

Elizabeth McNamara
October 24, 2022 10:27 am
Reply to  Karen

Good questions. This is an ad hoc group of residents who have met with town officials on and off for several years to discuss their concerns about noise, trash, traffic and unruly behavior on the waterfront. Here’s a story about a meeting they had in late May: https://eastgreenwichnews.com/town-residents-discuss-waterfront-summer/

Jennifer Mignanelli
Jennifer Mignanelli
October 25, 2022 9:04 am

Umm I live in this area and your headline makes it seem that we are ALL endorsing this committee … let’s be crystal clear with our reporting here, that is NOT a true statement, nor does it speak to all who live in this area.

Flashy headlines that are not true is NOT reporting on news.

October 27, 2022 12:20 pm
Reply to  Karen

Originally attempted to post this comment Tuesday Oct. 25th but it did not go through…

Great question Karen. I am a member of a waterfront business in the waterfront neighborhood – both referenced in this LTE – and was never contacted regarding this statement. I would love more information on the Committee and how all voices in the area they claim to represent can be heard on their Committee.

It is only correct EGNews updated this post to be in compliance with their own policies. Hopefully, readers who viewed the original misinformation will have a chance to see the correction.

October 24, 2022 1:26 pm

Is this committee like the Hill and Harbor Association that offers everyone in the neighborhood a voice?

October 25, 2022 9:26 am

There is a waterfront committee? Pardon my confusion, but who is on this committee and when did they meet to discuss which candidates they would like to endorse? Is there any more information you can provide?

October 25, 2022 9:35 am

I’ve never heard of this committee? Can you please provide a contact, I would very much like to speak with them and get more information on this topic.

October 25, 2022 10:11 am

**REPOST from an un-answered question on Facebook..

Do we know the leadership or members of this “Waterfront Residents” group?

I know this is an “Ad-Hoc group” but it would probably be good to know as they would seemingly represent me and many others as waterfront residents.

This “committee” is not connected with the town in any official capacity, does not post its meeting dates or minutes, and does NOT formally represent the residents of the Harbor district.

This seems like mis-information – shouldn’t the LTE say “SOME waterfront resident endorse the council”.. and perhaps note that its the same residents who threw the incumbent council a fundraiser in 2018 when they were running initially?

ann flanders
ann flanders
October 25, 2022 6:30 pm

This is so misleading. I feel like I’m reading the National Enquirer. At first it was “East Greenwich Waterfront Committee.” Then when people asked about this “committee” it was changed to “Waterfront Residents.” The accurate headline should read “SIX RESIDENTS WHO LIVE DOWN BY THE HARBOR.”

October 25, 2022 11:27 pm
Reply to  ann flanders

Looks like it was removed from Facebook.. interesting lol

Catherine Rodgers
Catherine Rodgers
October 27, 2022 9:37 am

According to the Hatch Act, it is illegal for municipal employees to “use official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the results of an election or nomination.” I don’t believe that Mr. Nota or the Police Chief gave their endorsement of the incumbent candidates. I have requested that this sentence be removed.

October 29, 2022 11:53 am

“On behalf of the waterfront community“ yet signed by 6 people and 4 of them are from the same household?! Please correct this statement as it is misleading.


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