A Rhode Island Story
Ed Achorn was intrigued enough by (as his title puts it) “The 25-year-old high school grad with the $88,112 job” to have asked around for the fuller story surrounding Stephen Iannazzi, newly appointed “special assistant” to RI Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio. His report is characterized, most significantly, by the closed doors and unreturned calls and emails with which he’s been greeted, but Achorn’s found enough to prove the Iannazzi family’s facility working the RI system:
Ann Marie Iannazzi, Stephen’s mother, earns an annual salary of $69,933 working for Providence as “employability chief” at Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston, according to Margaret Wingate, deputy director of human resources at City Hall. His sister, Andrea Iannazzi, is chairman of the Cranston School Committee and a lawyer in the state Family Court, earning an annual salary there of $71,812, according to Craig Berke, the judiciary’s director of communications. His uncle, Joseph Baxter Jr., is state courts administrator (he did not hire Andrea). Andrea and Stephen are listed as members of the “host committee” for a fundraiser for Angel Taveras, now Providence mayor.
Stephen’s Facebook page notes attendance at Rhode Island College for the five years ending in 2009, although he never completed his intended degree in Labor Studies. He did, however, receive a scholarship from the Institute for Labor Studies, on whose board his father sits. While trying to track down details of the scholarship (unsuccessfully), Achorn found himself conversing with Institute employee Caroline Bernal, newly minted member of Governor Chafee’s Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.
And so it goes…