The History of the New York City Legislature

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THE DEFINITIVE political history of the city in the first half of the twentieth century has not yet been written. An important part of the story may be found in the memories of those who helped make that history. The author gratefully acknowledges the help of the following men and women, who graciously granted him personal interviews:

The Hon. Joseph Clark Baldwin, former Minority Leader of the Board of Aldermen ( March 4, 1947) ; the Hon. Morton Baum, former Republican Alderman ( May 28, 1948); Mr. Leo Brasz, of the Board of Elections ( June 30, 1947) ; Professor Joseph P. Chamberlain, Counsel to the Smith Commission and the Thacher Commission (various dates from 1946 to 1950); Mr. Richard S. Childs, Chairman of the Citizens Union ( March 9, 1949); Justice Irving Ben Cooper ( August 22, 1949); the Hon. Henry H. Curran, former Majority Leader of the Board of Aldermen ( January 24, 1947); the Hon. Lambert Fairchild, former Republican Alderman ( October 12, 1947); Miss Joan Hamlin, Secretary to the Minority Leader of the City Council ( April 17, 1951); Justice Walter R. Hart, former Alderman and Councilman ( September 25, 1947); Councilman Stanley M. Isaacs ( September 8, 1947); Mr. Gabriel Kaplan, Legal Assistant to Minority Leader Isaacs ( May 1, 1951); Mr. Reuben S. Lazarus, Executive Officer of the Board of Statutory Consolidation ( March 27, 1947) ; Mr. William S. Lebwohl, Assistant Corporation Counsel ( November 12, 1947); Dr. George H. McCaffrey, Director of Research, Commerce and Industry Association ( October 30, 1947) ; Commissioner Rufus M. MeGahen, former Director of the Budget ( October 28, 1947) ; Professor Joseph D. McGoldrick, former Comptroller ( March 10, 1947); Mr. James McGowan, campaign manager for the Hon. Francis X McGowan, incumbent and candidate for Assemblyman ( October 15, 1950); Professor Arthur W. MacMahon, member of the staff of the Baldwin Commission ( February 25, 1949) ; the Hon. Newbold Morris, former President of the City Council ( August 8, 1947); the Hon. James J. Paretti, former Alderman ( May 7, 1947) ; the Hon. William A. Prendergast, former City Comptroller ( December 10, 1948); Justice Jacob Gould Schurman ( August 1, 1949); the Hon. Murray Stand, former Democratic whip of the Board of Aldermen ( June 13, 1947); Mr. Arthur L. Thexton, former campaign manager of the Cincinnati Charter Committee ( July 27, 1949); Mr. Leonard M. Wallstein, former Commissioner of Accounts ( December 18, 1948).


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