Video: Thank You Governor Raimondo

This video is from the January 25, 2017 Rally at the Rhode Island State House to Drop the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” from the Federal Railroad Administration Tier 1 Final EIS. The Rally began with the announcement by Charlestown Town Council President Virginia Lee that Governor Raimondo had just stated that she sided with South County against the Bypass. The Bypass is just one small segment of the plan that extends from Washington DC to Boston.

The video consists of remarks of thanks to Governor Raimondo from: Virginia Lee; Loren Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, who spoke both for the Nagarransett Tribe and as a Board Member of South County Tourism; Kim Coulter, owner of Stoney Hill Cattle Company; Kelly Presley, Executive Director of the Westerly Land Trust; Westerly Town Council President Jamie Silvestri; and Rhode Island State Senator Dennis Algiere.

Removing the Bypass from the plan, and keeping rail improvements in Washington County within the existing NEC right of way, would save Narragansett Tribal land, park lands, farms, historic mill villages and other homes. Staying within the existing right of way has other benefits as it will allow rail improvements in a nearer time frame and with much reduced cost.

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