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Entries Tagged as 'Buddy Cianci'

Cianci Seeks Political Comeback, What About His Pal Joe?

June 29th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

The irrepressible Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the longest-serving mayor in Providence, Rhode Island history, is once again seeking a political comeback. Evicted from office in 1984 for putting out a lit cigarette in the eye of his wife’s lover, Cianci made a political comeback in 1991 reclaiming the mayoralty and engineering the city’s rebirth. In 2002, the […]

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Jerry Baron, Former Finance Director

April 13th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, News and Events

Late on this, but worth noting the death last month of the city’s former Finance Director Jerry Baron who served the city during the Joe Ganim mayoral years. He was 66. Baron was a gentle giant, 6’8″ and built like a vault door. He was recruited to Bridgeport from Providence, Rhode Island where Baron was […]

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Politics And Pasta Buddy’s Way

May 24th, 2011 · 10 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the longest-serving mayor in Providence, Rhode Island history, is unique in a sea of political characters. Evicted from office in 1984 for torturing a Rhode Island contractor with a lit cigarette, ashtray and fireplace log, Cianci made a political comeback in 1991 reclaiming the mayoralty and engineering the city’s rebirth. In 2002, the Fairfield University alumnus […]

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A Radio Show For Joe? Plus: Zoo and Fish Tix

July 26th, 2010 · 18 Comments · City Budget, Media, State Politics

A tough few days for the Park City. Today was the day pink slips were poised for a few dozen municipal employees to begin closing an $8 million city budget gap. But in the aftermath of a Fire Department tragedy priorities may be elsewhere. Just two weeks until Tsunami Tuesday when serial primary voters will fill […]

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Paging The Invisible Man

August 21st, 2008 · 34 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Development and Zoning, News and Events

Has anyone met the city’s new Economic Development Director Don Eversley? What’s going on with Steelpointe? What happened to the Canyon-Johnson project, ballyhooed by Earvin Magic Johnson, in the South End? Does anyone know how to play this game? I don’t know Eversley, a former development official in Providence post Mayor Buddy Cianci, but if […]

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Ground Rules For Development

July 15th, 2008 · 67 Comments · Development and Zoning, Media

I hope Donald Eversley has a sense of humor. He’ll need one in the city’s current political environment in which Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa has more juice with the city’s legislative body than the mayor who appointed him as new development chief. Like it or not, Mayor Bill Finch is stuck with Testa for […]

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Poising Political Fireworks

July 3rd, 2008 · 52 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Cops, Media, News and Events

When former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci was booted out of office the first time for extinguishing a cigarette in the eye of a guy he thought was having an affair with his wife, he took to the radio airwaves as part of his rehabilitation. His gift for connecting with the electorate paved the way for […]

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