PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) is being treated for what he says is curable cancer.
Cianci said on Monday he has been hospitalized for a week at the Miriam Hospital in Providence after being diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer. He says his prognosis is for a full recovery.
Cianci is a talk show host at WPRO-AM and political analyst at WLNE-TV. He plans to be back on air next week and will continue to undergo treatment during the coming months.
Cianci was one of the longest-serving mayors in U.S. history, but his legacy has been tainted by criminal convictions. He was elected in 1974 but forced from office 10 years later after assaulting a man. He was re-elected in 1990 but convicted in 2002 for corruption.