Rhode Island hotel removes portraits of convicted ex-mayor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island hotel is removing portraits of late Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN’-see) in response to a complaint about his criminal history.
The Graduate Providence hotel features multiple references to Rhode Island’s capital city, including Cianci’s portrait in every guestroom. The Graduate is located in the same building as the former Biltmore Hotel, where Cianci once lived.
The portraits didn’t sit well with Kath Connolly, who in a letter to management reminded them of “the corruption, crime, fear, and dishonesty” in the city during Cianci’s years in office.
A hotel spokeswoman said Tuesday the feedback prompted the removal of artwork referencing Cianci.
Cianci was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison after a corruption conviction in 2002. He died in 2016.
The Cianci Foundation in a statement said Connolly’s comments are “disgusting, irresponsible and lack respect.”