Joseph Montalbano & Dennis Algiere

Joseph Montalbano & Dennis Algiere

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Former Rhode Island Senate President Joseph Montalbano, a Democrat, left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere, a Republican, prior to the signing of the state budget, during June 2008. Algiere, a state senator since 1993, said that he’s forged working relationships with Democratic leaders who keep him apprised on the status of legislation and invite him to meetings.