PROVIDENCE – Councilwoman Sabina Matos was voted Providence City Council president Monday. The council said that Matos is the first Latina to hold the presidency in the council’s history.
“When my family emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1994, we did so for better opportunities, and as an immigrant, I understand the unique challenges that the majority of today’s Providence population faces,” stated Matos. “Today, women and minorities are not only the majority of the city’s population, but we now make up the majority of the Providence City Council.”
Matos succeeds David A. Salvatore, who served as president in 2018. She had served as acting president prior to Salvatore’s election following Luis A. Aponte’s resignation from the role in 2017 after being indicted by a grand jury on four charges related to the misuse and embezzlement of campaign funds. Aponte has remained on the city council since.
Matos first joined the Providence City Council in January 2011. She won election for the presidency 10-4 with one abstention.
Matos will serve for four years unless a caucus of the majority is called and chooses to elect someone else, said a spokesman for city council.
Other City Council members elected to leadership posts were:
- Michael Correia, president pro tempore
- JoAnn Ryan, majority leader
- John J. Igliozzi, majority whip
- Nicholas J. Narducci Jr., senior deputy majority leader
- Mary Kay Harris, deputy majority leader
Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.