Press Releases

Primary Day – Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 is Primary Day.
Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Bristol’s polling locations are as follows:

  • Voting District 1 – Rockwell School
  • Voting District 2 – Bristol Fire Dept. Headquarters
  • Voting District 3 – Guiteras School
  • Voting District 4 – St. Elizabeth’s Auditorium
  • Voting District 5 – Franklin Court
  • Voting District 6 – Roger Williams University
  • Voting District 7 – Mt. Hope High School
  • Voting District 8 – Quinta-Gamelin Center

You can verify your polling location by visiting the Rhode Island Voter Information Center website or by calling your local Board of Canvassers – 401-253-7000.

Press Releases

Warning for Primary Election


State of Rhode Island                                                                                        Town of Bristol

Bristol, SC

To: A. Archie Martins, Town Sergeant in the Town of Bristol, in said County,


You are hereby required to warn the electors of Bristol to assemble in Town Meeting on Tuesday,

September 13, A.D. 2022 at:

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 10, Representative District 68, Voting District 1 at Rockwell School;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 10, Representative District 69, Voting District 2 at Bristol Fire Dept. Headquarters;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 10, Representative District 69, Voting District 3 at Guiteras School;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 11, Representative District 68, Voting District 4 at St. Elizabeth’s Auditorium;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 11, Representative District 69, Voting District 5 at Franklin Court;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 11, Representative District 69, Voting District 6 at Roger Williams University;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 32, Representative District 68, Voting District 7 at Mt. Hope High School;

Those entitled to vote in Senatorial District 32, Representative District 68, Voting District 8 at Quinta-Gamelin Center;

For the purpose of:

*Casting their ballots for the nomination of candidates by the qualified voters for the office of Representative to Congress (1st District), Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, General Treasurer, Senator in General Assembly 10,11, and 32, and Representative in General Assembly 68 & 69.


To transact such other business as shall legally come before them, by posting up written notification in a public place in said Bristol in said Senatorial District, Representative District, and Voting District of the time and place where said meeting is to be holden and the business transacted therein.  Said notification to be posted as aforesaid at least seven days before the day appointed for said meeting.

ATTEST: Melissa Cordeiro, Clerk



State of Rhode Island

Bristol, SC

In Bristol, in said County, by the *6th Day of September 2022, I have warned and notified the electors of said Town of Bristol, as above commanded and required by law, posting up written notification of said warrant, in more than three public places in said Town of Bristol.

                                 A. Archie Martins, Town Sergeant

September 6th, 2022

Press Releases

Primary Election Notice


Voted mail ballots must be received by the Rhode Island Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Ballots can be returned in the postage prepaid return envelope or dropped off in any official mail ballot drop box located statewide at city and town halls, and at all polling locations on September 13. Mail ballot drop boxes close at 8 p.m. on September 13. Mail ballot drop boxes are located in front of Bristol Town Hall, 10 Court St., and the Rhode Island Board of Elections parking lot, 2000 Plainfield Pike, Cranston.


Early voting takes place at Bristol Town Hall, 10 Court Street Wednesday, August 24 – Monday, September 12 Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed September 5) – Early Voting ends at 4 p.m. on September 12, 2022.


Bristol is opening all polling locations for the September 13, 2022 Primary. Bristol registered voters can vote at their designated polling location on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Questions? Call the Bristol Board of Canvassers at 401-253-7000 ext. 132.

To view a sample ballot, track your mail ballot, and view or update your voter record and party information visit

Bristol Board of Canvassers

Melissa Cordeiro, Town Clerk

September 1 & 8, 2022

Administration Community Development Press Releases

Bristol To Begin Tanyard Brook Phase III Project, Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony

BRISTOL, RI-Today, the Town of Bristol announced the start of the long-awaited Tanyard Brook Phase III Project. This project is the final phase of culvert replacements in the Tanyard Brook Watershed that will go from the north side of Richmond Street to the State Street Reservoir.

“I am proud and pleased we are on track to complete this stormwater improvement project in the Tanyard Brook Watershed,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “These improvements will provide the neighborhood residents additional relief and mitigation from flooding during significant rain events in the future.”

The Tanyard Brook Culvert Replacement Project began in 2002 when the Town commissioned a Watershed Study. In August 2019, the Town successfully completed Phase II, which went from Garfield Avenue to Richmond Street.

CB Utility was awarded Bid #973 in the amount of $3,876,890 for the Phase III construction. BETA Group, Inc. will serve as the design engineer for the project.

The Tanyard Brook Phase III Project will be funded through the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and local bonds.

The Town of Bristol is holding a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022, at 10:00 AM at the northeast corner of Third School Street and Mt. Hope Avenue. Refreshments will follow. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.


Administration Press Releases

Federal Judge Dismisses Ursini’s Lawsuit in Its Entirety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     
August 11th, 2022

Chris Vitale, Director of Economic Development and Communications
Town of Bristol, RI
[email protected]
401-253-7000 ext. 129

Federal Judge Dismisses Ursini’s Lawsuit in Its Entirety

BRISTOL, RI– Today, Judge William E. Smith, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, dismissed all claims in a lawsuit brought by Maria Ursini, ending three years of litigation against the Town and Town officials and the Bristol Police Department. In his decision, Judge Smith “granted in full” the Town’s motion for summary judgment filed on February 2nd, 2022.  

“We are pleased with the decision by Judge Smith that puts to rest all allegations claimed in this lawsuit against town officials,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “As always, my administration will continue to seek accountability and transparency in the best interest of the Town. That is my pledge and promise to the taxpayers of Bristol.”

A copy of this statement can be found on the Town of Bristol’s website at A copy of the decision has been included with this press release.


Press Releases

Public Notice: Final Canvassing of Bristol Voter List


Administration Community Development Press Releases

Bristol Opens Online Resident Survey for its Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

BRISTOL, RI-The Town of Bristol, RI is currently updating its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. In order to identify and plan for future natural disasters, the Town of Bristol needs your assistance.

This survey is designed to help the Town gauge the level of knowledge local citizens already have about natural disaster issues, determine ways in which it can help further educate its citizens, and identify the vulnerable areas within Town. 

The information you provide will help the Town coordinate activities and identify projects to reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future hazards.

Administration Press Releases

Public Service Announcement – Bristol Town Council Meeting 07/13/2022

In the event Bristol Town Hall reaches its capacity limit, the Town Council meeting can be watched at the Burnside Building (400 Hope Street), which is located next door to Town Hall. The Town Council will notify attendees watching in the Burnside Building when they will have a chance to testify. Attendees will then be asked to make their way next door to the Town Hall, and Town Hall attendees who have already testified will be asked to rotate next door to the Burnside Building

. . .

Alternatively, if you only want to watch and listen, you can stream the meeting live via Zoom using the following credentials:

Meeting Code: 835 5640 3965

Press Releases

Public Notice: Redistricting Voting Map


Administration Community Development Press Releases

Bristol Lists 9 Court Street for Sale, Invites Sealed Proposals

The Town of Bristol invites sealed Proposals for the purchase of certain real property owned by the Town of Bristol. The property comprises 4,890 sq. ft. of land and improvements, including a
former municipal office building, located at 9 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island.

The minimum acceptable bid is Five Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($575,000.00).

All inquiries, questions, and requests for information related to the property or related to the preparation of the response to the Request for Proposals should be directed in writing to Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development, 10 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island, or via email to [email protected].

Persons who desire to purchase the subject property must submit 2 copies of their proposal (one marked “Master” and one copy) along with completed Forms from this document to Melissa Cordeiro, Town Clerk, 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809, on August 3, 2022, before 12 noon. Proposals must be submitted in writing and All proposals shall be in a sealed envelope and clearly labeled on the outside: “Request For Proposals #990 – 9 Court Street, August 3, 2022”.

A detailed property description and instruction to proposers are contained at the link below: Sale Of 9 Court Street- Former Office Of Community Development – Bid Information – Rhode Island | BidNet Direct.