How did the City Council fare in the 1949 elections under the majority system? Predictions that the city legislature would revert to a one-party régime proved only too accurate. The campaign manager of the Keep-P. R. forces in 1947 had foretold the precise results, 24 to 1.30 Had the Liberals not endorsed Republican candidate Stanley M. Isaacs, the Democrats might have made a clean sweep--with a bare majority of the vote. The following table indicates the results:31
|Seats in Proportion|
to Votes Cast
|aDoes not include the 20,000 votes cast for Communist Councilman Davis.|
|bOne coalition candidate was endorsed by Republicans, Democrats, and Lib-|
erals. During his incumbency he sat with the Democrats and was referred to as
a Democrat in the press.
|cFive candidates endorsed by the Liberal Party gained seats--three Democrats,|
one Republican, and one coalition nominee. In practice they acted as four Demo-
crats and one Republican.
The return of the district system rounded out a full cycle. A single party again enjoyed a near-monopoly in the city legislature; once again a large segment of the electorate was unrepresented. Choice of candidates once more became the perquisite of the district leaders.32 Although State Senate districts had been reapportioned only six years before, representation was no longer equal. In 1949 Brooklyn elected one Councilman for every 88,000 voters, Queens one for every 118,000. Differences____________________