In Providence and in Rhode Island, Buddy Cianci was one of the most influential political figures of his generation, as well as one of the most controversial. His time as Providence mayor was marked by significant economic redevelopment, but also marred by violence, cronyism and corruption.
He did time in federal prison for racketeering, then returned to Providence to host a popular talk radio show, and ultimately failed in his attempt to come back one more time as mayor in 2014.
Cianci is expected to be laid in state at Providence City Hall, next weekend.
Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay covered Cianci for many years, and offers his thoughts on the infamous pol's life and legacy.