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Oral history interview with Frederick A. O. Schwarz, 1993

Creator: Schwarz, Frederick A. O. 1935-
Project: Edward I. Koch Administration Oral History Project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 391 pages Sound recording: 11 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Lawyer.

Scope and Contents

Reminiscences of the Edward I. Koch [Koch] administration: initial contact with Koch, involvement in 1980 U.S. Census case for New York City [NYC]; significant legal issues and responsibilities as City Corporation Counsel and advisor to Department; EO-50, EO-53, and Gay Rights Bill anti-discrimination litigation; racially-motivated violence following the death of Michael Griffin in Howard Beach, Brooklyn; sanctions against South Africa; minority voting rights and voting redistricting; the city property tax system, property calcuations, property tax exemptions and tax abatements; department policy of affirmative litigation against city contractors; changes in the City Charter; police brutality hearings; police corruption; political surveillance of activist groups by NYC police department; religious organizations and foster care responsibilities of the city; abortion and parental consent requirements; family planning and birth control conflicts between Catholic and Jewish groups; distribution of clean needles to drug addicts; discussion of personal attributes and leadership capabilities of Koch: relationship with advisors, city council, Cardinal John O'Connor, and Senator Alfonso D'Amato; Koch's popularity and supporters; corruption scandal and integrity of city government; Schwarz's reflections on the Senate Church committee and national politics, views of public sector legal practice, reflections on family business.

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

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