Cicilline sworn in as Providence, R.I.'s first gay mayor

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 07 2003 1:00 AM ET

Embracing a spirit of change, Mayor David Cicilline said he plans to emphasize ethics and neighborhoods as he takes the helm of Providence, R.I. Cicilline, 41, was sworn in as mayor Monday afternoon, becoming not only the city's first Jewish mayor but also its first openly gay mayor.

"It's an exciting time. I'm energized, but we have a lot of work to do," Cicilline told The Providence Sunday Journal. "One thing I worry about is that people will want change to happen immediately. Change is going to take time, and I hope people will be patient. Everything isn't going to happen in the first week in office."

Cicilline inherits the city from former mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., the longest-serving mayor in the city's 366-year history, who recently began serving a more-than-five-year sentence for racketeering and conspiracy.