Picozzi elected mayor of Warwick

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — The city of Warwick has elected a new mayor.

Independent candidate, Frank Picozzi, defeated incumbent mayor, Joseph Solomon, with 59% of the vote compared to Solomon’s 40%.

ABC 6 caught up with Picozzi Wednesday morning as he was working on his holiday light display, the same display that made him a familiar face in town, and that he intends to continue running while in office.

“It’s a family tradition,” Picozzi told ABC 6. “It has to go on.”

Though he ran as an independent, Picozzi is quick to you he’s not a politician by any means.

“It was a very untraditional, unconventional, campaign because¬†I don’t have the resources or political connections,” Picozzi said Wednesday.

Picozzi says his first order of business as mayor is figuring out his staff.

After that is established. he’s shifting his focus to Warwick’s public schools and it’s understaffed Department of Public Works.

“We don’t have enough people to drive the plows right now, so a snowstorm would be devastating,” the mayor-elect told ABC 6 Wednesday morning.

“I have to work at fixing the school system,” he continued. “We had a bond that passed yesterday to address some of the physical needs of the schools, but it doesn’t go far enough.”

“We need a plan to take care of our schools now and in the future,” Picozzi said.

In the meantime, Picozzi will continue working on his holiday display, driving portions of it to Goodnight Lights at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, while also raising money for the Tomorrow Fund.

In a statement, Mayor Joseph Solomon conceded the election, saying in part, “I’m proud of the progress we have made, and I know that I’m leaving our city in better shape now than it was two years ago.”

Solomon continued, “I wish my successor the very best of luck.”

Solomon took office in 2018 after former mayor, Scott Avedisian, stepped down to take a job with RIPTA.

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