Get to know Nick
Nick Cicchitelli is a Rhode Island native and is in his 9th year living in Fox Point. Nick brings diverse professional experience spanning the government, non-profit, political, and private sectors, and is currently self-employed in the real estate industry. Over the past several years, Nick has been engaged in community advocacy through the Fox Point Neighborhood Association, serving several years on the board, and is in his second year as FPNA’s president. At FPNA, Nick has been a steady and tactful voice for balance and compromise amongst the diversity of stakeholder needs, neighborhood quality of life, and Providence’s goal to be a fiscally stable, thriving knowledge economy hub with a progressive social landscape. He is also in his 5th year serving on the board of the American Red Cross, RI Chapter, and chairs its Philanthropy Committee.
Nick’s Education: Nick holds masters’ degrees in political science and public administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University.
Nick on the Issues
Fight “tiered” property tax formulas—a penalty for East Side residents
- I will fight against tiered property tax rates. We must not pit neighborhoods against each other. Changes in the tax formula should be selected by a careful, deliberative and open process–not rushed into being without studying the potential impacts or consulting taxpayers. Reforms should be based on independent, comparative analysis of policies adopted by other like-sized cities; be open and responsive to public feedback; and aim to be as courteous and timely as possible so residents can adequately prepare for changes.
Keep the Gano Street exit open
- RIDOT plans to replace the Henderson Bridge, and funnel I-195 traffic to the East Side through the East Providence riverfront onto Wayland Square. RIDOT plans are insistent on closing the Gano Street exit. I will fight to keep the Gano Street exit open, and support the addition of a new, planned, East Providence exit that connects I-195 to the riverfront.
Smart Development, the Comprehensive Plan, & Housing
- We came together as a community to decide what we want future development in Providence to look like. As we look to develop vacant I-195 land and redevelop properties citywide, we must defend the community contract and not cast it aside to prioritize out of state profiteers.
- Prospective impacts on neighborhood quality of life issues should be given strong consideration before major development is given the green-light. And ongoing infrastructure upgrades should be better coordinated – cutting up the street as few times as possible.
- Providence is facing a major housing shortfall, and it’s interrelated and impeding our other economic goals. The shortage in housing supply needs to be addressed with dedicated and standardized public incentives and support. We also need to invest more in Affordable housing development programs, seeking to redevelop abandoned and derelict properties as much as possible.
Economy and jobs
- Providence has the potential to be a green technology and knowledge economy engine. We must promote policies that encourage growth in the good-paying jobs of tomorrow, and prioritize development projects that support a robust and diverse 21st century economy. As we continue our transition to tomorrow’s economy, we must also strive for economic justice, including gender pay equality, a living wage, and job training.
- Port of Providence: Providence is right to set its sights on green technology and the knowledge economy. The Port of Providence has the potential to be realigned to tomorrow’s economy, and should move away from the polluting industries it currently serves. That same space could be used for multi-purpose re-development, providing much-need housing expansion and support for green industry.
- Transportation: Providence should continue to support green transportation, including expanding bike lanes and encouraging a bicycle culture. Building more infrastructure around biking will lessen our dependence on cars, reduce emissions, and mitigate parking shortages.
Equality, Inclusion, & Social Justice
- Providence is a diverse, multicultural and inclusive city. I stand firmly in favor of LGBTQ+ equality, protection, and empowerment. There is no place for hate, discrimination, or bullying. I will take up the mantle of vigilance to make sure that Providence continues to be an ever-safer place, no matter what happens in Washington.
- Education is a great equalizer, and every student deserves an education that will prepare them for a successful future. I support the state’s intervention in the Providence Public School District. I am hopeful for lasting structural change to come of it, and that one day soon local control will be returned to the city.
- Students need a school system that can provide them with as many avenues for success as possible. We need to invest in prioritizing practical, real-world skills and training, and opening up students to opportunities in the industries and trades of the 21st century.
- There is no better resource for stability, example, experience, and encouragement than our seniors. We should support, enable, and encourage programs that engage and serve our seniors. Programs like Foster Grandparents, for example, can mitigate senior challenges and help further other community goals.