PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci 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.
Former Mayor Joe Paolino, a Cianci friend, says he's in great spirits and was released Monday.
Cianci was one of the longest-serving mayors in U.S. history, but his legacy was 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.