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Oral history interview with Alair Townsend, 1992

Creator: Townsend, Alair
Project: Edward I. Koch Administration Oral History Project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 84 pages Sound recording: 3 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Former NYC Budget Director and Deputy Mayor.

Scope and Contents

Background: childhood, former work in Washington, D.C.; appointment as budget director: description of work routine, environment, staff; reflections on significance of being a woman in a predominantly male Koch staff: perception by business world, support from women; use of media in achieving support for budget policies; budget: process and efficiency of implementation, differences between federal and New York City budget systems, issue of rent control, communication with public, negotiations with heads of agencies, surplus; appointment as deputy mayor of finance and economic development, contrast with position of budget director; issues in economic development: energy usage, housing, retention of major corporations; differences between New York and Washington government and politics; personal recollections of Edward I. Koch: management style, media presence, effect on staff and public, difficulty of third term, lack of enthusiasm.


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Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1992.

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