Op/ED: Optimistic About EG’s Future & Excited to Serve

by | Nov 13, 2018

By Mark Schwager

As a newly elected member of the 2018-2020 Town Council, I am excited to serve our community alongside my new colleagues. The energetic and engaged citizens of East Greenwich overwhelmingly voted on November 6 for open town government, excellence in education and a strong sense of community. I am optimistic that our town’s residents, elected officials, and public employees are a strong team that will work together to find solutions to any challenges that face our community.

At my request, the Town Solicitor has issued a memo to the town manager and department directors regarding R.I. General Laws and R.I. Department of State regulations governing the retention and disposal of municipal documents. Upon taking office on the new council, I will support a comprehensive review of our town’s finances, contracts, staffing and budget priorities. With the community’s input and involvement, I will work to implement a strategic plan that enhances public services and continues to keep East Greenwich a wonderful place to live.

Above all, I am dedicated to involving the public in town government through interactive public comment, and on-line availability of financial and other important municipal documents. Town elected officials and department administrators will always be accessible to the public.

I hope to see you at the upcoming inauguration of your newly elected Town Council and School Committee officials. The inauguration is a wonderful community event where we can celebrate our town’s past, present and future.

Mark Schwager was the top vote getter in the recent EG Town Council election. 

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Bruce R. Mastracchio
Bruce R. Mastracchio
January 11, 2020 10:19 am

Mr. Gorham,

Understand your plight quite well. My Grandmother’s house is at 38 Exchange and Tar tar was my Uncle.
I remember a few years back the Father of a friend of mine tried to repair a few shingles on his house and the Historic Commission prevented him from doing so. Yet other people came in and made wholesale changes and nothing was said. Guess it’s who you know.
I really wonder about those castles on Castle and several other projects.
In summation you can say it isn’t really My East Greenwich anymore. We’ve gone the way of the buffalo. The New East Greenwich is yuppified and gentrified and the old one ” ain’t never coming back” as they say.

Bruce R. Mastracchio


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