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