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LETTER FROM THE INCOMING GOVERNOR

I want to assure everyone that there will be a smooth transition with a laser-focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will support frontline healthcare workers, assist struggling small businesses, and distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.

I want Rhode Islanders to know we are all going to work together. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Governor and I look forward to earning your trust.

Incoming Governor Daniel J. McKee

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Meet the Incoming Governor

Incoming Governor Dan McKee has always been guided by his favorite saying, “It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit.” A lifelong Rhode Islander, McKee has been a small business owner, mayor, and Lieutenant Governor. His record in office is clear — accessible government, effective fiscal management, and economic development centered on small businesses.

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Latest news and updates from Incoming Governor McKee's Transition Team.

FEBRUARY 2, 2021

Readout of Incoming Governor McKee’s Virtual Meeting with Municipal Leaders, Department of Health on State Vaccination Plan

JANUARY 23, 2021

Incoming Governor McKee Announces First Round of Transition Team Members

Updates and information from the Incoming Governor's Transition Team.

FEBRUARY 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Readout of Incoming Governor McKee’s Virtual Meeting with Municipal Leaders, Department of Health on State Vaccination Plan

PROVIDENCE, RI - Incoming Governor Dan McKee hosted a meeting yesterday with municipal leaders, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, and members of the Rhode Island Department of Health to understand local needs and strengthen communication as the state prepares to expand vaccinations.

The Incoming Governor indicated that he will regularly convene and connect with municipal leaders throughout the pandemic and the economic recovery to follow. He stressed the importance of ensuring municipal leaders have a seat at the table and are briefed on the state’s vaccination plan and strategies to safely reopen our schools and businesses. The Incoming Governor and Dr. Alexander-Scott both added that they are fully committed to engaging municipal leaders in the vaccination decision-making process.

Incoming Governor McKee also noted the need for municipalities and the Department of Health to work as a team to get as many shots in arms as quickly and safely as possible, particularly when the vaccine supply increases. The Incoming Governor highlighted his goal of leveraging the public health and municipal expertise of all meeting participants to ensure vaccine distribution is swift, safe, and efficient at the community level.

Dr. Alexander-Scott provided an overview of the Department of Health’s approach for Phase 2. Municipal leaders shared their feedback on their role in Phase 2 and last weekend’s rollout of 5,000 additional vaccines to individuals 75 and older.

In addition to the Incoming Governor and municipal leaders, participants in the meeting included:

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, RI Department of Health Brian Daniels, Executive Director, RI League of Cities and Towns Major General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General of RI, Commanding General of the RI National GuardCourtney Hawkins, Director, RI Department of Human Services Paulette Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
Alysia Mihalakos, Chief, Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the RI Department of HealthJaclyn Porfilio, Chief Operating Officer for COVID Operations, RI Department of HealthDacia Reed, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the GovernorAnthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor Tricia Washburn, Chief, State of RI Office of Immunization

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Andrea Palagi
ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

JANUARY 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Incoming Governor McKee Announces First Round of Transition Team Members

PROVIDENCE, RI - Incoming Governor Daniel McKee today announced the first round of his transition team members with the following statement:

“I will bring a grassroots, community-oriented philosophy to the Governor’s office because I believe state policies and programs should have the active input of our community leaders and citizens. I believe Rhode Islanders deserve a leader who will listen to and engage them, and I will reach out to all 39 of our cities and towns to ensure they are heard. Our citizens want results that flow from their values and priorities – my transition has been built around this idea.

My transition team will be a map of Rhode Island. Every single one of our 39 cities and towns will be represented, and its membership will reflect Rhode Island’s diversity. I believe that every voice counts and that everyone can make a contribution to defeat COVID-19, reopen our economy, and get our children back in the classroom safely. I will value every single transition member’s unique perspective and I look forward to working with them.

Everyone involved in this transition knows the stakes are high, and we won’t let Rhode Islanders down. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools, devastated small business, caused record unemployment, and created a significant budget shortfall. This team and my administration are ready to tackle those challenges from our first day in office. We all look forward to getting to work.”

The Incoming Governor will announce additional transition advisors in the coming weeks. This week, he will meet virtually with a grassroots group of over 150 Rhode Islanders representing all 39 cities and towns to identify issues that are important to them and discuss ways to engage them in the transition.

Initial members:

Transition Chairperson
Joseph Rodio, Jr.
Transition Organizing Directors
Paulette Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor Elizabeth Tanner, Director, RI Department of Business Regulation
Transition Communications Team
Brian Jencunas, Volunteer Andrea Palagi, Communications Director, Office of the Lt. Governor Michael Trainor, Volunteer
Transition Staff
Cheyenne Cazeault, Special Projects Manager, Office of the Lt. Governor Craig Dwyer, Senior Policy Advisory, Office of the Lt. Governor Rosa DeCastillo, Policy Analyst, Office of the Lt. Governor Tabatha Dube, Executive Secretary, Office of the Lt. Governor
Senior Advisors
Representative Mia Ackerman, Deputy Majority WhipLincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond Rev. Dr. Chris Abhulime, King's -Tabernacle ChurchFormer Lieutenant Governor Roger Begin Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asians William Conley, Jr. Esq. Caswell Cooke, Executive Director, Misquamicut Business Association Senator Louis DiPalma, Chairman, - Senate Committee on Rules, Gov. Ethics & Oversight Corey Jones, Executive Director, Black Lives Matter New England PACNorth Providence Mayor Lombardi Ana Bess Moyer Bell, Founder, Creating Outreach About Addiction SupportRepresentative Robert Phillips, Deputy Majority LeaderJennifer Ortiz, Owner, Executive CutsChris Parisi, Founder/CEO, Trailblaze Marketing Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena Senator Ana Quezada, Deputy Majority WhipArmand E. Sabitoni, LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer & New England Regional ManagerChief Brian Sullivan, Lincoln Police Department James Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch
Inauguration Co-Chairs
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter
Members of Incoming Governor McKee’s transition team and past government officials have been meeting with state department leaders to discuss departmental operations, time sensitive short-term initiatives that may be impacted by the transition, and agency budgets. Participants include:

Tony Afonso, Esq.Lisa Andoscia, President, Rosewood Consulting Scott Avedisian, CEO, Rhode Island Public Transit AuthorityLt. General Centracchio (Retired)Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asians William J. Conley Jr., Esq. Rosa DeCastillo, Policy Analyst, Lt. Governor’s Office Colonel Brendan Doherty (Retired)Erin Donovan Boyle, Executive Director, Greater Newport Chamber of CommercePaulette Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s OfficeFormer Lieutenant Governor Richard LichtCharles Roberts, Founder/Executive Director, Rhode Island Slave History MedallionsAnthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office
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Media Contact

Andrea Palagi
ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

JANUARY 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Readout of McKee Briefings, Transition Meetings

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Gubernatorial Transition Office of Daniel J. McKee released the following readout on recent transition activity. Readouts will be issued periodically throughout the transition.

Vaccination Briefing from State COVID-19 Response Team

Incoming Governor McKee received a briefing from the state COVID-19 Response Team on Rhode Island's current vaccine distribution strategy. The team updated the Incoming Governor on the vaccine supply, current distribution channels, and details on groups in included in Phase 1 of Rhode Island's vaccination program. The Incoming Governor will continue to receive frequent briefings from the state's COVID-19 Response Team.

State of the Spread and Response Strategy Briefing

Incoming Governor McKee participated in the weekly State of the Spread briefing with members of the RI Department of Health and the Governor's Cabinet. The group reviewed the latest mobility data, percent positivity trends and hospitalization rates. They discussed the current and projected impact of the Pause and other restrictions. The Incoming Governor and his transition team will continue to receive weekly State of the Spread briefings.

Call with Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha

The Incoming Governor had a call with Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Jha offered insight on where the pandemic is headed both nationally and locally. Incoming Governor McKee and Dr. Jha exchanged ideas about optimal vaccination strategies and discussed different approaches states are taking to contain the spread and distribute the vaccine. The two agreed that and they and their teams would stay in contact throughout the pandemic.

Calls with Care New England, Lifespan & CharterCARE Leadership

Incoming Governor McKee spoke with the leadership of Rhode Island's two largest health systems. He had a joint call with Dr. Jim Fanale, President/CEO of Care New England and Dr. Tim Babineau, President/CEO of Lifespan. The group discussed the impact of COVID-19 on their respective organizations and reviewed current operations at Rhode Island's two field hospitals.

The Incoming Governor also had a call with Jeffrey H. Liebman, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners. The two discussed how CharterCARE can potentially play a role in expanding the state's vaccination capabilities. Incoming Governor McKee welcomed the support and conversations will continue.

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Media Contact

Andrea Palagi
ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

JANUARY 11, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Transition Team Readout January 11th

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Gubernatorial Transition Office of Daniel J. McKee released the following readout on recent transition activity. Readouts will be issued periodically throughout the transition.

Calls with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont

This week, Incoming Governor McKee spoke separately with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to discuss how their states will cooperate to achieve an effective pandemic response and economic recovery in the region. Incoming Governor McKee noted that he has enjoyed working with the lieutenant governors in both Massachusetts and Connecticut and looks forward to collaborating closely with both Governors in the future.

Briefing with Rhode Island State Police Colonel James Manni

The Incoming Governor received an initial briefing from Rhode Island State Police Colonel James Manni earlier this week. The Colonel updated the Incoming Governor on how the State Police has adapted its public safety operations during COVID-19 and highlighted their role in Rhode Island's pandemic response. The Incoming Governor thanked the Colonel for his commitment to keeping Rhode Island communities safe throughout the pandemic. Colonel Manni stated that he will continue to provide regular updates on any matters of public safety to the Incoming Governor and his staff.

Briefing with Office of Management & Budget Briefing

Incoming Governor McKee received an initial briefing from the state’s Office of Management & Budget. The Incoming Governor will be submitting a budget to the General Assembly in March. Additional briefings with the Office of Management & Budget will take place over the next few weeks.

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Media Contact

Andrea Palagi
ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

JANUARY 9, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Transition Team Readout January 9th

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Gubernatorial Transition Office of Daniel J. McKee released the following readout on recent transition activity. Readouts will be issued periodically throughout the transition.

Appointment of Joseph Rodio Jr. as Chairman of the Transition Team

Incoming Governor McKee today announced the selection of Joseph Rodio Jr. as Chairman of the Transition Team. Rodio is an attorney at the Providence-based law firm, Rodio & Ursillo. Rodio currently serves as legal counsel to the Lt. Governor’s Office and previously worked with Incoming Governor McKee during his time as Mayor of Cumberland.

Additional members of Transition Team will be announced in the near future.

Briefing with State COVID Response Team

On Sunday, the Incoming Governor received an initial virtual briefing from members of the state COVID response team. The team highlighted the latest updates on the virus management strategy, hospital capacity and vaccination rollout. The incoming Governor thanked the group for their diligent work on the state's robust pandemic response.

Governor Gina Raimondo and incoming Governor McKee previously agreed that the team leading the state’s COVID response will remain in place throughout the pandemic. The Incoming Governor will continue to receive regular updates from the team throughout the transition.

Participants joining the Incoming Governor in the meeting included:

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, RI Department of Health
Major General Christopher Callahan, Adjutant General, Rhode Island National Guard
Dacia Reed, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor
Courtney Hawkins, Director, RI Department of Human Services

Call with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio

The Incoming Governor spoke jointly yesterday with Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio. Incoming Governor McKee thanked both leaders for their congratulations and conveyed his commitment to foster a strong working relationship between the executive and legislative branches. The Incoming Governor emphasized the need to ensure the General Assembly is closely engaged in and briefed on the state’s COVID response. The leaders all agreed that they and their teams would stay in touch.

Quarantine Update

Incoming Governor McKee continued to test negative today for COVID following close contact last week with an individual who later tested positive. He continues to quarantine at home and carry out responsibilities remotely until the end of his quarantine at midnight on January 12. The Incoming Governor has no symptoms and feels great.

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Media Contact

Andrea Palagi
ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

Meet the Incoming Governor

INCOMING GOVERNOR DANIEL J. MCKEE

Incoming Governor Dan McKee has always been guided by his favorite saying:

"It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit."

A lifelong Rhode Islander, McKee has been a small business owner, mayor, and Lieutenant Governor. His record in office is clear — accessible government, effective fiscal management, and economic development centered on small businesses.

McKee served as Mayor of Cumberland for twelve years, where he turned around the town’s finances. When he became mayor, the town had a “junk bond” credit rating and its finances were close to being taken over by the state. When McKee left office, Cumberland had a budget surplus and a AA bond rating.

A proud graduate of Cumberland High School, McKee has always understood the importance of making sure every student has a high quality, public education. As mayor, he turned around two failing elementary schools and fixed a high school that was literally falling apart. Additionally, McKee created the state’s only Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Learning, which has supported thousands of Cumberland students. He also founded Blackstone Valley Prep, a public school network that now educates over 2100 students.

Elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014, McKee used the office to stand up for working Rhode Islanders and support small businesses. Together with 26 mayors, McKee sued Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opiate crisis. He took on the giant electric companies and lowered costs for ratepayers. When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, McKee organized a grassroots small business movement ensuring millions of dollars in federal C.A.R.E.S. Act funds were allocated to support the small business community.

McKee’s time in elected office has been focused on his belief in community service, which started long before he entered politics. He served as President of the Cumberland Boys & Girls Club and mentored over 100 young athletes as an AAU basketball coach. It was his experience coaching that inspired McKee's passion for making sure every student could access a high quality education.

Now, Dan McKee wants to bring that same passion and commitment to the Governor’s office. These are difficult times that require strong, effective leadership. McKee’s record shows he is ready to lead Rhode Island through the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Media Contact

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ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

Governor
Daniel J. McKee

GUBERNATORIAL TRANSITION

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