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The Office of Mayor Daniel J. McKee


The Mayor’s Office is located in the
Cumberland Town Hall
45 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI  02864
Telephone:  (401) 728-2400, ext. 132


Mayor Daniel J. McKee

Hal Stallwood, Executive Assistant

Barbara Goodrich, Administrative Assistant 



It has long been my position that our students have been shortchanged by a flawed state funding policy.  I worked to change the funding formula so that it would be fair and equitable to all communities.  Currently the plan is to phase in the new funding over a seven year time frame which would result in more than $12 million in lost revenue to the Town of Cumberland over the next three years. 

Communities that are struggling cannot afford to subsidize property taxes in other communities and I don’t think our taxpayers should have to wait seven years to be fully funded.  Our Representatives and Senators have indicated that they support the acceleration of the school funding formula.  Please give them a call to encourage their colleagues to do the same.    [Find Your State Rep. and Senators]  [see chart]

Fiscal Impact of School Funding Phase-In on Underfunded Cities and Towns

Mayor’s Inaugural Speech

Today, for the sixth time I have taken an oath to be your Mayor.

It is an honor and a privilege that I will never take lightly.

I want to thank everyone that I work with including the members of the town council and school committee for their dedicated service to our town.  I would also like to thank Attorney General Kilmartin and Congressman Cicilline for speaking and I would like to give a shout out to the Mayors and the State Representatives and Senators who are here today.  It is an honor to serve with all of you.

I want to take the time to thank our former police chief Tony Silva and our current police chief John Desmarais for their leadership.  I and our town have been blessed to have them as our public safety leaders during the last 16 years.  Our town and our children have and continue to be in safe hands.

All over the United States small groups gather as we have today to celebrate this imperfect perfect journey of Democracy which began with the declaration that all men are created equal and was formalized with the ratification of our Magna Carta the US Constitution.

At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 Ben Franklin noted the painting of a sun on back of President Washington’s chair.  Franklin told his fellow representatives that until the Constitution was signed that he questioned whether the sun was rising or setting.

Here in Rhode Island, here in Cumberland many of our citizens are asking the same question.  Are we a rising or setting sun? 

I see Cumberland and Rhode Island as a rising sun.

My friends, our future is bright when we keep right in sight.

“Stand with anybody who stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.”  These are the words of Abraham Lincoln and they can be applied today in Cumberland and Rhode Island.

Let us stand with anybody who stands right on the important issues that we face in Cumberland and Rhode Island.  Let us stand with those who want to address our unfunded liabilities in our police retirement system. Stand with those who support one fire district through a town wide election. Stand with those who are ready to transform our public schools.

Rhode Island policy has a major impact on the quality of life in our town.  Stand with those who are prepared to accelerate the school funding formula and equitably distribute the vehicle phase out funds and school housing aid.  The phase in of the school funding formula is shortchanging four out of five students in Rhode Island, five thousand of those students call Cumberland home.  It is time to finish the job and fully accelerate the school funding formula.  It is right for our students and it is right for our taxpayers.

“The great glory of American Democracy is the right to protest for right.”   These words were spoken by Martin Luther King during the bus boycott in Montgomery in the 1950’s.   My friends, our sun will rise when we stand with those who stand right.

As I grew up I saw my dad and his friends build a Boys Club in town.   My dad cared deeply about giving young people the opportunity to succeed.  I share my dad’s passion and believe that a great education will provide our kids with the opportunity for success. 

As Mayor I studied the data which shows that the strength of our economy will follow in the footsteps of the strength of our schools.  That is the reason that I have made education an important part of my administration’s focus.  We have all made a great investment to transform all our public schools.  I look forward to stand right with our students, parents, teachers, administrators, Mayors and state leaders to transform our economy through our public schools.

Today we witnessed an example of our very best when we listened to Cumberland High Schools CLEF singers perform the National Anthem and when we watched the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy students sing and play “twinkle, twinkle little star” on their violins.    Each student’s success wherever they sit strengthens our community.  Our schools are a rising not a setting sun.

With bold determination and courageous impatience we will see our sun rise here in Cumberland and here in Rhode Island. 

Our town’s, our state’s and our nation’s imperfect perfect journey in the pursuit of freedom and unlimited opportunity continues. It is an honor and a privilege to play a small role in that journey.

Thank you all for being here today.  As I leave the podium I want to thank you and the people of Cumberland for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your Mayor.  May God bless you and our town with freedom, health and prosperity.



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