Buddy Cianci holds first rally on Federal Hill

PROVIDENCE – Mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci held his first campaign rally Wednesday night on Federal Hill.

It came just hours after he made the announcement he was joining the race.

“We will come back and make it one of the best cities in America,” said Cianci.

People lined up and waited to see him arrive at the rally. Some of his supporters have been behind him since the 70s.

“I tell ya you can’t beat the renaissance mayor, but he’s gonna do it,” said Joe Mushiano.

Former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino was on hand to support Cianci.

“I wanted it if he wanted it.  I think it’ll be good for the city, people know he knows how to get things done.  Everybody in Rhode Island knows,” said Joe Paolino.

Ward Three City Councilor Kevin Jackson is already backing Cianci.

“He has a way to be able to work with everyone,” said Jackson. 

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