Indicted: Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr

Another takes the heat

His boyish good looks, cherubic smile and bouncy energy helped him win the Providence mayoralty in 1974 at the age of 33. By a mere 709 votes over a sorely split Democratic machine, Vincent A. Cianci Jr. became the first Republican mayor of the heavily industrial city in 34 years. But he soon had a problem that threatened to tarnish the good-guy image. A 1978 cover story in the now defunct New Times magazine reported that twelve years earlier, while a law student at Marquette University, Cianci had been accused...

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