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  City Hall Library Notes, November 2009


By Christine Bruzzese

On November 3, New York City residents re-elected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In honor of both Election Day and the Mayoral election, this article features some relevant resources in the City Hall Library collection.

Edward I. Koch served as Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. He was known as a unique and colorful individual. I’m not Done Yet! was written by Koch and Daniel Paisner. Published in 2000, this book discusses Koch's life after his Mayoral years. The former Mayor also talks about problems he encountered as he got older, including medical concerns. Besides recounting personal and career history, Koch also reflects on aging, keeping active and other issues.

Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani and Ken Kurson outlines the former Mayor's strategies for successful leadership and management. Giuliani presents his ideas within the context of his experiences as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. Among the topics covered are: accountability, personnel management, communicating effectively and developing assertiveness.

The New York City Board of Elections has issued Annual Reports since 1909. Results of all New York City elections that took place each year are published. Statistics for all candidates, including minority parties, are given. This might be a good place to find out who won the election for Queens Borough President in 1933, for example. Holdings in the City Hall Library include 1912 to 1969 and 1988 to 2007.

The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York by Vincent J. Cannato chronicles the Lindsay administration from 1966 to 1973. Particular attention is given to Lindsay’s reform agenda for New York City government and the administration’s efforts to revitalize the city. Unfortunately, political and social upheavals, increasing urban decay and incompetent management were some factors that contributed to the apparent failure of the Lindsay administration to effectively govern New York City. The author analyzes various social and political issues and events placing them in the context of the time period.

Biographical files provide an excellent resource on New York City Mayors and other officials. Vertical files may also be explored for information on elections, government and related topics.

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