Cianci portrait to be unveiled at Providence City Hall

Buddy Cianci speaks with reporters after losing his bid to take back Providence City Hall. (WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A portrait of former Providence mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci is scheduled to be unveiled at Providence City Hall.

The city archivist’s office says the portrait will be presented during a ceremony Thursday evening.

Cianci was Providence’s longest-serving mayor with 21 years in city hall. But he was forced from office twice, first in 1984 with his no contest plea for assaulting a man with a fireplace log, ashtray and lit cigarette.

Cianci’s second administration ended in 2002 with a 4 1/2-year prison term for racketeering conspiracy.

He ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year.

City reference archivist Britni Gorman says the portrait was privately funded.

She says Cianci’s criminal history was not a concern, and the portrait is part of carrying on tradition.

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