- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The latest on the death of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (all times local):


1:45 p.m.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who was U.S. Attorney when federal authorities began a criminal investigation into former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see), offered a terse reply when asked about his death.

Whitehouse, a Democrat, told The Associated Press on Friday that he sends condolences to Cianci’s family. He declined to comment further.

Cianci died Thursday at age 74.

The investigation Whitehouse began resulted in Cianci’s 2002 conviction on a single charge of racketeering conspiracy for running the city as a criminal enterprise. He spent 4½ years in prison.

Whitehouse actively campaigned against Cianci in 2014, when Cianci ran as an independent to try to regain his seat.


12:45 p.m.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is reversing position and ordering flags in Rhode Island to be flown at half-staff for former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see).

Cianci died Thursday. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor but was forced from office twice due to criminal activity.

The Democratic governor said on Thursday that flags would not be lowered statewide. She said the city was lowering them, and that was a more appropriate place.

On Friday, she said she reconsidered.

Her spokeswoman says Rhode Island flags will be lowered out of respect for the office Cianci held for more than 21 years.

They will be lowered during Cianci’s viewing and funeral service, which are due to take place Feb. 6-8.


11 a.m.

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see) will lie in repose for two days in City Hall before he is laid to rest.

Cianci’s friend, former Mayor Joseph Paolino (pay-oh-LEE’-noh), says mourners will be able to pay their respects to Cianci from noon to 6 p.m. on the weekend of Feb. 6-7.

His body will be placed for public view in front of the mayor’s office.

Cianci was the city’s longest-serving mayor. He was elected to six terms and served more than 21 years in office. He was forced out twice due to felonies.

Cianci’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. A spokeswoman for the Providence Roman Catholic diocese says Bishop Thomas Tobin will officiate.

City flags are flying at half-staff to honor Cianci.

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