Portrait of Rhode Island Ex-Mayor, Felon Cianci Unveiled

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cianci arrives at Providence restaurant after passing out during portrait ceremony.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS/AP) — Former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci was taken by ambulance after collapsing at a portrait unveiling in his honor at City Hall.PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci was all smiles Thursday after a medical emergency sent him to the hospital.

The portrait includes references to some of Cianci’s triumphs as Providence mayor, including a book about the Providence Renaissance, when the city’s downtown was revitalized. Aponte told Eyewitness News shortly after 6 p.m. that an ambulance had been called to City Hall to attend to the 74-year-old former mayor, who served two extended terms between 1977 and 2002 and is arguably the most iconic Rhode Island politician of the past half-century. The privately funded portrait would be presented during a ceremony sponsored by the city archivist’s office, according to city reference archivist Britni Gorman. Beryl Kenyon, a public information officer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services and a former press secretary for Cianci, said he arrived at the Atwells Avenue restaurant at about 8:15 p.m. Cyd McKenna, Cianci’s former campaign manager and the newly appointed City Council chief of staff, said Cianci did not fall but rather sat down, “and he just went.” She attributed the episode to heat. “I’m fine.

Cianci was forced from office twice, first in 1984, when he pleaded no contest to assaulting a man with a fireplace log, an ashtray and a lit cigarette. When asked what Elorza thought about hanging Cianci’s portrait in City Hall, spokesman Evan England first referred calls to the archivist and the City Council. Before launching his campaign Cianci revealed that he’d been diagnosed with a “curable cancer.” He has continued to work as a talk-show host on WPRO-AM since losing last year’s race. Paolino opened the ceremony by saying that no matter where you go or who you talk to about Providence, “They all ask about Buddy.” Paolino also observed that “the best friend you can have is someone who has been your greatest foe.” Saying “so much of our careers have crossed,” he recalled becoming mayor after Cianci and finishing some of the work Cianci started, then watching Cianci become mayor again and finish some of the work he started. Hassett called the city archive office “one of the best in the country.” He said City Archivist Paul Campbell helped him raise $25,000 in private money for the first non-public-funded portrait of a Providence mayor since Samuel W.

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