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Oral history interview with William Rauch, 1992

Creator: Rauch, William
Project: Edward I. Koch Administration Oral History Project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 193 pages Sound recording: 4 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Press Secretary.

Scope and Contents

First meeting with Edward I. Koch [Koch], summer 1977; 1977 mayoral campaign,; duties as Koch advance man, 1978-1981; description of Queens Civic Organization and Koch's relationship with unions; transit strike, utilization of media coverage to settle; closing of Sydenham Hospital; Koch pronouncements on relations among Blacks and Jews, loss of support of Black leadership; selection of seven co-equal deputy mayors in first term, competition among, subsequent elimination of four positions, implementation of first deputy mayor system, second term re-election campaign, appointment of Rauch as press secretary, duties; reorganization of mayoral office in second term; attempts to restructure New York City debt, focus on real estate development; impact of Playboy interview on 1983 gubernatorial campaign, tensions with Mario Cuomo; municipal scandals of mid-eighties; Koch's inability to track and control corruption within New York City agencies and independently elected officials; importance of Black vote in third term re-election campaign; Rauch role as Koch diarist, collaborative writing and editing process; publication of Mayor Politics; relationship with press, ability to mobilize and utilize controversy; Koch accessibility to reporters; tradition of Room 9, press room, in City Hall.


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Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1993.

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