Mayor James Diossa today thanked three Roger Williams University law school students, Blaine Bruner, Joseph Galindo and Alexmarie Poteralski, who just spent a full-time week in the Central Falls' Law Department as part of the law school's "Alternative Spring Break" program. Students in the program dedicate their spring break to serving the public interest.
Bruner is currently a 3L at Roger Williams University Law after graduating from the University of Delaware. Bruner worked under the supervision of City Solicitor Matt Jerzyk ('08) and Director of Parks and Recreation Rob Sayre-McCord on a project analyzing the impact of the state's recreational use statute on the city's parks, playgrounds and its urban campground. Specifically, he surveyed and inspected all of the city parks, reviewed case law and made specific recommendations as to improving the city's permitting, regulations and signage for residents and visitors.
Galindo, a native of nearby Pawtucket, is currently a 2L at Roger Williams University Law after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. Galindo worked under the supervision of Assistant City Solicitor and Executive Director of the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force, Robert Weber ('12) and the city's Director of Planning, Peter Friedrichs. His project involved researching the state's redevelopment laws relative to they city's attempts to write redevelopment plans for the city. In addition, he assisted the city's economic development efforts by analyzing city and state tax stabilization plans and making recommendations for legislative improvements.
Poteralski, is currently a 1L at Roger Williams University Law after graduating from the State University at Albany. Poteralski worked under the supervision of Solicitor Jerzyk and the City Clerk Sonia Grace. Her project involved researching the city's home rule charter and the amendments that were made to the charter while the city was under receivership in 2012. She researched best practices for municipal charters both locally and nationally and prepared a legal memorandum on potential amendments to the city charter that focus on ethics reform and fiscal responsibility.
"It was great to have Blaine, Joe and Alex in City Hall this week and I want to thank Roger Williams University Law School for again offering this experience," said Mayor Diossa. "They each focused on an important area of city government that we are focused on: how to ensure ethics and fiscal responsibility, improving and redeveloping our city parks and catalyzing the economy to create jobs. It was great to have them contribute to the Central Falls' comeback!"
Mayor James Diossa, Representative Carlos Tobon and Solicitors Jerzyk and Weber with the 2016 Alternative Spring Break students.