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Waluk to Step Down as Mayor of Newport

A new mayor will be decided at next Wednesday's City Council meeting.

Newport Mayor Stephen Waluk will be not completing his term, and will be stepping down at next Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Waluk last June.

His new position as Chief Clerk of the Rhode Island District Court prohibits him from holding elected office, he said.

"I would have preferred to fulfill the term, but this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. . . It's been a fantastic experience."

At the end of the meeting, the council will have a vote to decide Newport's next mayor.

According to the City of Newport’s charter, the next highest vote getter will fill the empty seat on the council.

During the last election, Stephen Coyne ran as an at-large candidate and garnered 13.3 percent of the votes, just behind Councilor Naomi Neville’s 14.9 percent.

Coyne had served on the City Council for six years before coming up short in 2010.

"I wanted to effect change and . . .  and take an opportunity to give back to the city for everything it gave to me," he said during his

frank macedo July 19, 2012 at 02:14 PM
maybe they will give the mayoral job back to its rightful owner Jeanne Napolitano, but this being Newport she probally get screwed out of it like before
Tom July 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Frank it is obvious she is not a member of the right social club.
William July 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Lets try one that is not of any "club" but wishes the very best for all those that live and visit this blessed place---that is going quickly to the dogs and to those with the thicker checkbooks... when the fluff of Social standing and preening like swans in the queens bathtub become the only desire we are all lost--- This Town needs a deep clean up and clean out.... So much has been done for far too few!
Tom July 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
William when I say social club I mean a club that most firemen,policemen,and city workers belong to that is a threat to politicians at election time and it doesn't take a genius to know what organization I'm talking about.
William July 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Tom, I think your thoughts are understood... but there are quite a few other insider clickes and "groups" that Newport politics create... quite frankly ALL politics have thier dirty little deals. It must change it has to become a city for all.. and the best choices for the entire city... Perhaps you might be able to see what I am saying, its nothing new its been going on for years.

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