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The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, in partnership with the Newport Daily News and the Community College of Rhode Island, is hosting the third annual Newport County Legislative Forum on Thursday, April 5, from 8:30– 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of CCRI’s Newport County campus in Newport.

“We are delighted to host this event for the third year in a row,” said AIPC’s Chairman, Dick Adams. “It is one of many ways that AIPC facilitates communication between state and local leaders, and members of the public, and we are especially pleased that our new Executive Director, Mr. John Shea will be joining us for this important conversation. Please join all of us in welcoming him on April 5th.”

More than half of Newport County’s eleven-member delegation will participate in the discussion, including Sen. Louis DiPalma, Sen. Dawn Euer, Sen. Walter Felag, Sen. James Seveney, Rep. Lauren Carson, Rep. Susan Donovan, Rep. Kenneth Mendonca and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero. Each will have an opportunity to speak about their constituent’s top concerns and will take questions from the audience during an extended Q & A segment this year, moderated by Neil Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.

2018 is shaping up to be an active legislative session, while Rhode Island faces continued

uncertainty surrounding future federal funding for states and localities. The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss how new initiatives may affect all of us living in Newport County – in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Little Compton and Tiverton.

The 2018 forum is part of AIPC’s ongoing “Smart Island” series of public events. It is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and an RSVP is recommended to guarantee a seat – over 130 people attended last year. Early arrival to the event is also encouraged; coffee will be provided for all attendees beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Free parking is available on the CCRI Campus, and transit service is available on RIPTA’s Routes 63 & 64 (see for schedules).

For more information about the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and to register for the event, please visit AIPC’s website at: or go directly to: