In The News

City Council Rejects Mayor's Budget

May 13, 2022

A bipartisan majority of the City Council votes down the mayor's budget; Donegan cites structural deficit, and disagrees with not using ARPA funds to address public health and resiliency projects.

Donegan aims to ensure safe housing.

Aprl 19, 2022

Donegan introduces proposal to require landlords to obtain a Certificate of Safe Occupancy to ensure that all rental units are safe and up to code, says City can do more to protect tenants.

Councilman’s Goal is RIPTA Route Down Park Avenue

March 3, 2022

“When we hear exciting news about mixed-use development where Legion Bowl is, what’s going on at the Park Cinema, and Rolfe Square, having a line that goes down Park Avenue would help alleviate vehicular traffic, make a more walkable community and help the businesses that are there on that main corridor,” Donegan said.

Housing Advocates Blast Plan at Cranston's "Trolley Barn" Site

January 26, 2022

The council voted 8 to 1 in favor of the proposal, with Ward 3 Council member John Donegan, who represents the district that includes the site, against it. "Development should not exacerbate health inequities. I believe this proposal will do just that," Donegan said before the vote.

Donegan To Seek Reelection

January 19, 2022

Donegan first ran for City Council in 2018 at 27 years old. As one of the youngest people to be elected to the City Council in decades, Donegan is currently serving his second term and will continue running as a Democrat in the upcoming fall 2022 election.

Councilors Hold Public Forum on ARPA Funds

December 15, 2021

City Councilors Ferri, Marino, and Donegan hold community forum to engage public on how to spend COVID funds.

How should city spend its millions?

November 10, 2021

How should Cranston spend it's ARPA funds? Donegan states, "The funds we have here truly are a once in a lifetime opportunity to address many of the systemic inequities that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Rodent Control No.1 Focus

June 30, 2021

The Mayor's office and City Council are working to address the rodent issue in the Stadium neighborhood; Donegan and Renzulli to introduce an ordinance related to rodent control complaints.

Council Adopts Amended FY22 Budget

May 12, 2021

The City Council overrides each of Mayor Hopkins' vetoes and adopts the amended FY22 budget.

Effort To End Prison Gerrymandering Falls Short

March 24, 2021

Democrats' amendment to end prison gerrymandering, a practice which results in unequal representation, is defeated by Council Republicans.

Legislators Work To End Source-of-Income Discrimination

March 3, 2021

Legislators at the state and local level are pursuing legislation to prohibit source-of-income discrimination in housing practices.

Donegan Calls For a Halt on Charters

February 24, 2021

Donegan introduces a resolution in support of legislation to place a moratorium on charter school expansions; passes the Council unanimously.

Council Approves Resolution to End Source of Income Discrimination

February 24, 2021

The Cranston City Council approves a resolution in support of legislation in the General Assembly to end source of income discrimination.

Rhode Island Leaders Tackle Racism

November 20, 2020

"In Cranston, the City Council recently voted unanimously to officially declare racism a public health issue. Ward 3 City Councilor John Donegan acknowledged that racism isn’t always visible because it sometimes happens in subtle ways, which he’s seen in his own community."

City Council Approves $5M Climate Bond for November Ballot

June 28, 2020

Introduced by Councilmember Steve Stycos and John Donegan, the City Council approved a $5M bond to be placed on the November ballot to finance renewable energy projects, energy conservation measures, and projects to reduce the City's carbon footprint.

#DefundThePolice ???

June 10, 2020

Donegan supports reforms to police, not abolition.

Donegan to Seek Reelection

June 10, 2020

John Donegan announces he will seek a second term on the Cranston City Council representing Ward 3.

Donegan Outlines Legislative Priorities

May 13, 2020

Cranston City Councilor John Donegan has proposed a slew of legislation related to the COVID-19 crisis, including several measures developed jointly with other members of the City Council from both sides of the aisle.

Donegan Urges Colleagues To Take Climate Action

May 6, 2020

City Councilor John Donegan urges his colleagues to support the climate bond, and take action to combat climate change and ensure a livable future.

March 18, 2020

City Councilor John Donegan and neighbors have established a mutual aid network to help connect volunteers with those in need throughout the Covid-19 epidemic.

January 27, 2020

City Councilmember Donegan has introduced a resolution requesting support for a proposal to build a splash pad next to Calise Field to help increase recreational spaces, address rising temperatures due to climate change, and reduce health disparities.

January 8, 2020

The Finance Committee approves minimum wage increase for City employees sponsored by Council members Donegan and Stycos.

November 27, 2019

City Council passes amendments to the Rodent Control Ordinance. “When you call us, you email us, we do listen. And we’re working on issues that affect your quality of life,” [Donegan] said.

November 1, 2019

Council Minority Leader Steve Stycos and Council Member John Donegan introduce an ordinance to reduce teen smoking by raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21, and limit the sale of flavored tobacco products.

September 23, 2019

Council Minority Leader Steve Stycos and Council Member John Donegan have introduced legislation that will raise the minimum wage for City employees up to $12.75 an hour.

September 25, 2019

Pay raises for the Mayor and City Council pass; Donegan votes against both.

August 28, 2019

Citywide Councilor Steve Stycos, and Ward 3 Councilor John Donegan partner with the Cranston East Football team for community clean-up.

August 28, 2019

“I’d rather see us put $82k/yr towards our schools, our rental assistance program which supports families stay in their home after a sudden loss of income, or ensuring that all city workers are paid a living wage,” Donegan said. “I will be voting no.”

Gun Control Resolution Fails in Committee

May 22, 2019

A resolution, sponsored by the Council Democratic Caucus, urging the General Assembly to pass legislation prohibiting assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and guns on school grounds, voted down by Council Republicans in committee.

Council Adopts FY2020 Budget

May 8, 2019

Democratic Caucus amendments able to provide additional $45,000 for Schools, and create line item Rental Assistance Program to support families in need.

Bike Patch Clean Up

May 1, 2019

Councilor Donegan organizes community clean up along the Cranston Bike Path.

Plastic Bag Ban Veto Overturned

April 24, 2019

City Council unanimously votes to overturn Mayor Fun's veto of the Plastic Reduction Ordinance.

Resolution Pushes for Expansion of Notification Requirements

April 3, 2019

Councilors Donegan and Brady cosponsor a resolution urging the General Assembly to expand zoning notification requirements.

Plastic Bag Ban Approved by Council

March 23, 2019

After months of debate, the Cranston City Council passes the Plastic Reduction Ordinance.

City Councilors Propose Plastic Bag Ban

February 13, 2019

Councilors Donegan and Paplauskas introduce bipartisan ordinance to reduce single-use plastic bags in Cranston.

Community Meetings

February 6, 2019

Newest Councilmembers seek to engage constituents by regularly hosting community meetings.

Committed to Cranston: Inauguration

January 9, 2019

Members of the Cranston City Council are sworn into office.

City Council Candidate Forum

October 26, 2018

City Council Candidate Forum hosted by the Cranston Herald and Cranston Public Library.