State senator suspended from city job

State Sen. Ana Quezada. (Photo credit: Rhode Island Senate)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State Sen. Ana Quezada has been suspended from her day job with the Providence Department of Inspections and Standards, a spokesperson for the city confirmed Monday.

Quezada, a Democrat who was elected to represent Senate District 2 last year, is currently serving a five-day suspension without pay from her $48,864 job as a renewal inspector, according to city spokesperson Emily Crowell. She declined to say why Quezada was suspended.

In a statement, Quezada said her suspension “was a result of my vigorous defense of a colleague in my role as a steward for Local 1033,” the municipal employees union.

“The suspension is being grieved, because it is a result of a disagreement stemming from me fulfilling my role as a steward and strongly defending my colleague,” she said. “I have worked for the city for 15 years, and served as a steward for Local 1033 for the past 10 years. Prior to now, I have never had an issue regarding the performance of my duties or my conduct.”

Ron Coia, the union’s business manager, did not respond to a request for comment.

Quezada upset veteran Sen. Juan Pichardo in the Democratic primary last September, winning by 100 votes. She was unopposed in the November election.

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