NEW: Cianci Checks Out of Hospital After Collapse, Attends Celebratory Dinner
Friday, November 20, 2015
It is never dull in the life Cianci. The portrait ceremony was attended by more than 100, with hosts including former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino, Cranston Mayor Allen Fung, State Representative John Lombardi, Providence Council President Luis Aponte, Majority Leader Kevin Jackson and Union leader Paul MacDonald. The who's who had one glaring miss - sitting Mayor Jorge Elorza did not attend.
During the ceremony, Cianci delivered the line of the year, when describing the painting Cianci said, "It's not the first time I've been framed," to a roar of laughter in the crowd.
After the Hospital
After the visit to the hospital, Cianci said in an interview with GoLocal that he appreciated the response and help from the Providence Fire Department. The Fire Department is in a major labor dispute with sitting Mayor Elorza.
Cianci, speaking from his post-portrait event at Roma on the Hill, told GoLocal the scare was chalked up as dehydration and low blood sugar.
"After my speech, I felt a little weak, it was hot in there," said Cianci. "Thank goodness for the firefighters, they got there quick and they did a great job."
Cianci spent 21 years as Mayor and oversaw the redevelopment and historic preservation of the City. He twice left office with felonies and served five years in federal prison. The Mayor is one the best known Mayors in America and has a national reputation for his overseeing the Renaissance era of Providence. In 2014, he ran again, but was beat by Elorza in the general election. Today, he hosts a radio show in the afternoons on WPRO-AM.
This article was originally published at 8:10 pm on November 19, 2015 and was updated.
Related Slideshow: Buddy Cianci in Pop Culture
Take a tour of Buddy Cianci's career from walk on roles on TV dramas to featured in pop art.
Shepard Fairey exploded on to the global stage when he designed the iconic "Hope" poster of President Obama, but he had rocked Providence when he attended RISD with his installations/graffiti cut- and-past on Buddy Cianci's re-election posters.
Photo by El-Pablo via Flickr
Nothing says Buddy Cianci like Buddy's own tell all autobiography. The post-jail book tried to even some scores and serve as a balance to Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter Mike Stanton's, "Prince of Providence."
Buddy's book with the short title of "Politics and Pasta," failed to deliver the context and range of Stanton's book.
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