The Italian Mayor Of Providence

RI, Buddy Cianci

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr., was a breath of fresh air to Providence, Rhode Island, when he took office in 1975. His life was full of ups and downs. However, Buddy Cianci was the longest serving mayor of Providence, and possibly the United States, holding office for about 21 years.

Family Life

Buddy Cianci grew up in Cranston, RI, with his father, mother and sibling. Buddy was the youngest of the two children. He had politics in his blood, with his maternal great-great-grandfather serving as the mayor of a town in Italy. Buddy was married twice, once to Sheila in 1973. Shortly before Cianci's death, he became engaged to Tara, a model who was in her 30s.

Political Life

Buddy Cianci started off as the Republican candidate for Mayor in the 1974 race against Dooley, an Irish Democrat. However, many democrats were upset with Dooley's rule over Providence, and Cianci won out by a narrow margin. Cianci was Providence's first Italian-American mayor. The town had previously had a reputation for Irish Democratic mayors. However, it wasn't until his 2nd term, in 1991, that Cianci started pushing for Providence. The city became visibly cleaner and more attractive to tourists. Cianci helped in bringing the Providence Bruins Hockey Team from Maine. He also helped create malls and plazas.

End of Life

However, not everything ended happily for Buddy. In 2001, Cianci was indicted for racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, and fraud. In 2002, Cianci was sentenced to prison for five years. After prison, Cianci became active in the community again, hosting his own talk show on the radio, and filming a television show. Buddy died in January 2016 of Colon cancer. He was remembered by the people of Providence by a special service at town hall. He was 74.