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Reminiscences of William Josephson : oral history, 2002.

Creator: Josephson, William H. 1934-
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 30 p. sound recording: 1 sound disc (70 min.) : digital 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Director, Charities Bureau, State Attorney General's Office of New York.

Scope and Contents

Educational background: public school in Orange, New Jersey, University of Chicago, Columbia University Law School, Oxford University; Professional background: associate at Paul Weiss from 1954-1958; Far East Regional Counsel for State Dept. in foreign aid program from 1959-1961, principal counsel for Peace Corps from 1961-1966, partner with firm of Fried, Frank, Harris Shriver, and Jacoboson until 1996, currently head of Charities Bureau in State Law Dept. since 1999; Day of 9/11: recollection of morning, building evacuation; Charities Bureau work following 9/11: meetings with Eliot Spitzer, charity coordination, creation of charity database, creation of World Trade Center relief website, models of charties from Oklahoma City bombing, creation of 9/11 United Services Group [USG]; Work with other groups and organizations: Holy Land Foundation, Red Cross, Central Synagogue, Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA], September 11th Fund; Problems with services, efforts to fix: paperwork, difficulties with Red Cross, regulations, infrastructure; Red Cross: policies, public opinion, use of money, future of organization; criteria to be eligible for assistance from USG: guidelines, process of application, complaints; Future work of Charities Bureau: continuing investigations, work on Internal Revenue Service [IRS] legislation, Red Cross policy examination.


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