September 6, 2020
GoLocal: Why should voters cast their ballot for you in the primary?
Stycos: We are facing extremely difficult times in Cranston due to COVID-19 and the economic slump. We need a mayor who listens to people and is not afraid to take tough positions that are in the best interests of the city. In my ten years on the school committee and ten years on the city council, I have done that.
In my first years on the school committee, I was the only elected official who warned that the Orchard Farms school construction would go way over budget. Some said I was against the children of western Cranston, but they were silent when the school went over budget and Mayor Laffey was forced to impose a mid-year tax increase to complete the project. We cannot afford to squander our tax money.
September 4, 2020
[Steve Stycos], a city councilman and top vote-getter during the last election cycle, spent a decade as a School Committee member before serving the last 10 years on the City Council. He’s running on his record as a public servant, saying people don’t always agree with him, but he’s ready to work with anyone.
Stycos, who runs a farm in Warwick, has long advocated in favor of environmental protections and has repeatedly pushed for greater funding for schools. When asked what he hoped to accomplish as mayor that he couldn’t in other roles of city leadership, Stycos said in part he would like to create a public workforce that better represents the racial makeup of Cranston residents.
September 2, 2020
What are your three top priorities or issues if elected?
Number one would be securing proper funding for the public schools. Number two would be utilizing the climate change bond and making the city more environmentally sensitive. My third priority, I think we need to be careful with tax money; we need to be very transparent with how the money is being spent and being careful with that money.
August 27, 2020
Why are you seeking elective office?
I’m running for Mayor of Cranston because I think I am the most qualified candidate for the position. I served over 10 years on the School Committee, and I am in my fifth term on the City Council. I am the only candidate to work through 10 school budgets and 10 city council budgets. I want to improve our city, making it more just and equitable, and the Mayor’s office offers the best opportunity to continue pushing the progressive policies I have advocated. We need to keep our schools well-funded and high performing. We need an open city government that welcomes residents’ ideas and opinions. We need to make city buildings more energy efficient to fight climate change and save money. We need to protect and improve our neighborhoods and natural areas. We need to diversify our workforce so that it reflects our diverse population.
August 26, 2020
Three Democrats who want to be mayor made their points Wednesday night in a debate at the Cranston Public Library on Sockanosset Cross Road.
Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos, who is in his 10th year as a councilman after five terms on the School Committee, is running on his experience. His website, stevestycos.com, lists and elaborates on his accomplishments, which include exposing Cranston’s Ticketgate scandal. He lists helping start the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market and launching the city’s tree-planting program among his accomplishments. One of the supporters quoted on stevestycos.com, his campaign website, called him a budget detective, saying he could find money in one item of the school budget and move it to where it would be better spent. He has led cleanups of the Pawtuxet River and tends a farm that sends tons of fruits and vegetables to the R.I. Community Food Bank.
August 19, 2020
We wholeheartedly support and endorse Steve Stycos for mayor of Cranston. Our reasons for endorsing Steve are many. His experience and dedication to the city are unquestionable. Steve has 20 consecutive years of committed public service as a Cranston school board member and as a City Councilor, elected citywide for his most recent term. Steve has demonstrated the courage to stand up for and with citizens to oppose and defeat the development of a gas station in a residential area that would have devalued people’s homes and created a toxic environment for their children. And he has demonstrated his sense of fairness by advocating and fighting for the lowest paid city workers to get hourly pay increases.
August 14, 2020
UpriseRI: As you’ve been campaigning, what have you been hearing from people? What are people bringing to you as issues that they’re worried about that I haven’t touched on?
Stycos: A lot of people are worried about their kids going back to school because of the virus. I would say that’s number one. And I share their concerns. It sounds very risky to me. So that I would say is the number one thing that people are concerned about and people are concerned about their taxes, particularly older people on fixed incomes do not want their taxes to increase. That’s going to be difficult because of the situation with state education that I was mentioning because schools are more than half the Cranston budget, and the city council and the mayor in the last decade haven’t had to put major money from the budget into the school department. That money’s got to come from somewhere or the schools are going to continue to decline. We need to look at the budget. And we also need to look at places where money can be cut. And I think I have a record of doing that more than any other campaign.
August 7, 2020
Democratic Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos has two decades of experience in elected office, having spent 10 years on the School Committee before winning the council’s Ward 1 seat.
Running for mayor, he says, hasn’t been a longtime goal. But his finish atop the citywide field in 2018 “gave me a little nudge from the public” – particularly given his desire to continue making an impact locally despite being term-limited from the council.
“This is an opportunity for me to continue in city government … I have some idea of how to get things done, and I also know that you have to be in it for the long haul,” he says.
July 6, 2020
Last week the Cranston City Council gave final approval to placing a $5 million climate change bond on the city’s November ballot for voter approval.
The proposal was introduced by Cranston City Councilmember and Democrat Mayoral Candidate Steve Stycos. If approved by Cranston voters this November, some of the projects financed by the bond could include putting solar panels on the Knightsville Library, adding temperature controls and LED lights to City Hall and other libraries, improving energy efficiency in our schools with better insulation and windows, or installing an electric vehicle charging station, according to Stycos.
Stycos said, “I am honored that every candidate for Mayor, including my primary opponent, has endorsed my climate policy proposal.”
June 28, 2020
A $5 million bond proposal to reduce Cranston’s carbon footprint by funding investments in renewable energy and energy conservation was unanimously approved by the City Council on June 22.
The vision for the bond money is that it will go into reinforcing existing infrastructure with energy-efficient updates, as well as the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations, efficient lighting, and solar panels throughout the city.
City Council member Steve Stycos, who proposed the climate bond in a committee meeting in April, said, “I introduced it for the obvious reasons. We as a city need to contribute to combatting climate change, and city buildings are, as a group, old, and there’s a lot of room for improvement in energy efficiency.”
May 21, 2020
Steve Stycos first embarked on the waters of the Pawtuxet River in a canoe, with friend Joe Jackson, years ago. Their boating escapade sparked a 25-year involvement with the river and its watershed, the creation of Friends of the Pawtuxet, trees planted, community canoeing excursions organized, and pavement removed.
Those involved in the Pawtuxet River’s rehabilitation agree the long-abused waterway is headed in the right direction, thanks to a dam removal in 2011, the 75 or so trees Stycos and the Friends of the Pawtuxet have planted, improvements to wastewater treatment facilities, and the reduction of stormwater runoff.
April 27, 2020
A Cranston City Council member is calling for the city to make more investments in renewable energy. Steve Stycos submitted a $5 million bond proposal to fund an investment in renewable energy, as well as energy conservation measures.
“Cranston must act to reduce carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change,” Stycos said in a statement.
April 23, 2020
Cranston Citywide Councilmember and mayoral candidates Steve Stycos was a guest on GoLocal Live. Steve spoke with GoLocal founder Josh Fenton about the response to the coronavirus in Cranston and Rhode Island, about what campaigning will be like during the pandemic, and about his plans for Cranston.
Click the link above to watch the replay on Facebook.
April 1, 2020
Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos announced his candidacy for mayor during a Facebook Live event on March 24, citing education, government transparency and accessibility, open space preservation and diversification of the city’s workforce as among his top priorities.
“I am running for mayor this year, and I’m running for mayor because we need competent leadership in City Hall that listens to people’s concerns, gets people together, and comes up with an approach to attack problems and come up with ideas to make our city better,” Stycos said at the start of the online broadcast, during which he was joined by his wife, Christine Herbert.
Stycos, 65, is in his fifth term on the City Council. A Democrat, he spent four terms representing Ward 1 before winning his citywide seat in 2018 as the top vote-getter in the field.
February 25, 2020
“You just can’t do that,” said Cranston City Councilman Steven Stycos, who visited the neighborhood where several residents claim the operations of North-Eastern Tree Service Inc. have become unbearable in recent years.
Stycos, a Democrat who is considering a mayoral run to replace the term-limited Republican Fung, said he asked the city to look into whether the company is operating a commercial business in an area zoned for residential use. But he said his requests for more information — first made in January and repeated during a meeting last week — have gone unanswered.
“I was shocked,” he told Target 12. “That’s why I laid it all out last month, so they could research it and give it some thought. I got nothing for a response.”
February 19, 2020
Stycos said the Democrats oppose a number of the mayor’s proposals.
The expanded emergency appropriations proposal, Stycos said, would give “too much power to the mayor.”
“I find it really hard to believe there’s going to be an emergency that a 48-hour notice meeting wouldn’t be able to handle,” he said.
Stycos said the council’s Democrats oppose the expanded veto authority for the mayor, largely due to the provision that would allow the mayor’s initial budget plan to pass into law if the review process did not meet the current timeline set out in the city’s charter. He said the caucus does support extending the mayor’s veto power to include budget decreases made by the council.
September 23, 2019
“It is only being introduced tomorrow. It won’t be discussed or voted upon, but merely referred to committee for a hearing… but the way the city has handled solar power plants so far is horrendous. I will have a comment when the hearing happens,” said City-Wide Councilman Steve Stycos in an email to GoLocal on Sunday night.
Stycos said there is frustration about the regulation of solar in Cranston.
Stycos forwarded a copy of a letter he had written to constituents regarding the proposed Nyatt Avenue project. The letter outlined Stycos view of the controversies in the city, “Thank you for your petition to the Cranston City Council opposing a solar farm on Natick Avenue. I agree the project will damage our city. I hope you will continue to press our city government to stop solar farm construction on inappropriate sites.”
September 23, 2019
Increasing the minimum wage to $12.75 an hour will impact over 70 families. Some will see an increase of over $2.00 to their hourly wage. The proposed minimum wage increase will have the same fiscal impact upon the City as the proposed raises for the Mayor and City Council introduced in August by several Council members.
“The workers who will benefit from this raise do valuable work at our libraries, the ice rink, and the senior center. Some are paid the state minimum wage. They deserve better,” said Stycos, elected City wide.
August 22, 2019
Also opposed: Councilman Steven Stycos, a Democrat. He said the money would be better spent on “open space, or helping the schools, or the rental assistance program which helps people who are in danger of losing their home because of domestic violence or being laid off.”
April 10, 2019
Citywide Councilman Steven Stycos raised some concerns that the scope of the plan – and the overall dollar figure involved – may hinder the city’s ability to address other capital needs in the years to come. He noted, and Strom confirmed, that the city has in recent years typically spent between $7 million and $12 million annually on debt service.
“If we do this five-year plan, and it’s $133 million, we don’t have a hell of a lot of money to spend on anything else but the school department for the five-year plan unless we increase the amount that we annually bond,” he said.
June 25, 2017
Cranston’s municipal workforce should reflect its population. At least 20 percent of our snow plow drivers, firefighters, police and clerks should be non-white. Stable jobs with good benefits should be fairly distributed to all segments of Cranston’s population. And a system that awards too many jobs to insiders and the politically connected must end. A diverse workforce would bring new skills and perspectives to city government.
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