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Raimondo Changes Course, Will Order Flags At Half-Staff For Cianci

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Governor Gina Raimondo reversed course Friday on an earlier decision not to order flags at half-staff in recognition of the death Thursday of former...

Governor Gina Raimondo reversed course Friday on an earlier decision not to order flags at half-staff in recognition of the death Thursday of former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci.

Spokeswoman Marie Aberger said Raimondo reflected on her earlier decision and decided to order flags to be lowered at half-staff because "it was the right thing to do, and out of respect for the office that Buddy held for 20 years."

Aberger said Raimondo will make the order to cover the time from when Cianci lies in state at City Hall through his funeral.

Evan England, a spokesman for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, said a public viewing of Cianci will take place at City Hall on Saturday, February 6, and Sunday, February 7, both days from noon to 6 p.m.

Elorza on Thursday called for Providence's flags to go to half-staff in Cianci's memory.

This post has been updated.

Raimondo during a news conference last year.
Raimondo during a news conference last year.