PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci will lie in repose at City Hall outside the office he occupied for more than 21 years.
Cianci died Jan. 28 at 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor but was forced from office twice because of felonies.
Cianci’s wake will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Officials are prepared for hundreds or possibly thousands of people to attend over both days. Among those expected are Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and members of the state’s congressional delegation.
Cianci presided over the revival of Providence from a decaying, Industrial-age relic to a 21st-century city with gondolas plying newly uncovered rivers.
His funeral will be held Monday. Flags at state buildings will fly at half-staff through the funeral.