- Ward 1 Councilman Seth Yurdin, who represents the neighborhood where the tower has been proposed, said the city should listen to hundreds of residents who participated in a public process for the city’s overall zoning ordinance, which was approved in 2014. “If we move forward and approve this, this spot zoning proposal, we're telling all those people their input doesn't matter,” Yurdin said.
- Councilmember Seth Yurdin received a standing ovation for his testimony declaring his opposition to the project (video).
- 'Councilman Seth Yurdin, a Democrat, introduced the resolution to create the commision, calling adequate housing a human right. The full council co-sponsored it.'
Providence Journal: Dakota pipeline project measure submitted in Providence City Council (2/16/2017)
- “More than ever, it’s up to our local governments and state governments to stand up and take the proper action,” said the amendment’s sponsor, Councilman Seth Yurdin, as a group of activists silently held up small signs in the council’s chambers. Providence CIty Councilor Seth Yurdin has proposed [to] require any bank that contracts with the city to submit an affidavit to certify that neither it nor any of its affiliates is 'a lendor or investor' in the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
- City Council member Seth Yurdin introduced an ordinance calling for the city to divest its holdings from Citizens Bank until the bank stops doing business with Sunoco Logistics Partners, one of the principal [Dakota Access] pipeline developers.
- The resolution was opposed by..Seth Yurdin from Ward 1...Yurdin said the city has worked to increase pedestrian bike access and requiring more studies would be burdensome. He said the proposal was "nothing but a hoop or a barrier designed to make it harder" to install bike lanes. "The problem with that is its really costly and it doesn't make any sense," he said.
- City Council member Seth Yurdin introduced an ordinance calling for the city to divest its holdings from Citizens Bank until the bank stops doing business with Sunoco Logistics Partners, one of the principal pipeline developers.
- Councilman Seth Yurdin agreed, saying the practice was the equivalent of setting up ward “slush funds.”“Bond money is not ‘bounty’ to be divided up by pols,” [Yurdin stated]. “There is zero policy basis here. Sadly, it’s pure politics at play.”
- "A private company would purchase our water supply for one reason: profit," Councilman Seth Yurdin, the resolution's sponsor, said. "The city gets a one-time windfall, and our residents are stuck paying the bill now and for generations to come."
- Ward One Councilman Seth Yurdin, who represents the Wickenden neighborhood, said he thought the city should pay attention to the neighborhood business people when deciding on the parking meters. “They are more aware of how their particular ecosystem works or doesn’t work,” he said.
- The council says the board agreed to sell city holdings from the largest and dirtiest coal companies, but hasn’t taken further public steps to fully divest from fossil fuels in accordance with a previous directive from the council. Councilman Seth Yurdin says he’s pleased the board supported divesting from the worst companies, but it’s time to “divest the rest.”
- Seth Yurdin is the Providence city councilor who represents downtown and the nearby Fox Point neighborhood. He says his constituents have many concerns about the plan, including noise and traffic. He also questions whether a stadium is the best use of land that has been in the planning stages for years as a high-tech and medical catalyst for well-paying jobs. A struggling city could also use an industry that would add to the tax-base of a city already mired in long-term tax break deals and hundreds of acres of land that is not taxable because of non-profit colleges, churches and hospitals.
- In June 2013, Seth Yurdin, majority leader of the Providence City Council, was the lead sponsor of the resolution directing the Board of Investment Commissioners to divest from coal, gas and oil companies within five years and to immediately cease purchasing any new investments in this sector. The Council's concerns are local. A report from the Coastal Resources Center of the University of Rhode Island reports that Narragansett Bay is getting warmer and rising, threatening shellfish. ... In short, I am pleased that so many people and businesses in Rhode Island are concerned about climate change and are taking actions that should lower the volume of greenhouse gases and, if climate scientists are correct, reduce extreme weather.
- “I’m here today to support the library workers and to support the students and all the people that are out here and are pushing to improve working conditions,” said City Councilman Seth Yurdin, adding “it’s really important that the community is weighing in.”
- The Anti-Secure Communities Resolution was introduced by City Councilor Seth Yurdin and passed after immigrant and civil rights groups testified about the harmful effects of Secure Communities on public safety and the immigrant community.