- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence City Council is appointing a former councilwoman to work as an administrator and liaison to the city clerk’s office.

City Council President Luis Aponte said Tuesday 68-year-old Balbina Young will be hired for the new position. He tells WPRI-TV (http://bit.ly/1fJaMr0) the job was not advertised to the public and has a pay range $57,000 and $60,000. He said Young has suspended her $495-a-month elected official’s pension.

Aponte says Young is one of several new hires he is considering.

Young was the first African-American woman elected to a municipal office in Rhode Island in 1988. She won a special election for the Ward 11 City Council seat. She helped create Providence Residents Against Casino Gambling in 1993 after then Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr. acknowledged he had met with casino mogul Steve Wynn.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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