RIP Buddy Cianci,74, former mayor of Providence and then longest serving mayor in the nation, convicted of one count (26 dismissed) of racketeering and sent to prison for six years, returned as popular radio show host and TV political commentator. One of a kind, loved the city, loved the job. I watched him show up at every charity fundraiser, serve as auctioneer, talk to little girls in ballet recitals, and glad-hand everyone in sight.
He was singular, and I will miss him. At his death he still owed me a jar of his famous sauce which he never did get to me. Rest in peace.