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  City Hall Library Notes, March 2006


The U.S. Congress designated March as Women's History Month in 1978. In honor of this occasion, here are short profiles of two women who contributed much to New York City and beyond.

Leona Baumgartner was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Health in 1954, the first woman to serve in this position. Born in Chicago around 1903, she attended medical school at Yale University. Baumgartner joined the New York City Health Department in 1937. Among her accomplishments were revising the city's Health Code, promoting the Salk polio vaccine and getting the city's water supply fluoridated for better dental health. Dr. Baumgartner also served as head of the Office of Human Resources and Development in the Foreign Aid Agency during the term of President John F. Kennedy. She published numerous articles in periodicals varying from McCall's to Public Health Reports and died in 1991. Further biographical information such as clippings, reprints of some of her articles and reports issued during her tenure at the Department of Health can be found in the City Hall Library collection.

Constance Baker Motley was an African-American lawyer who worked on such pioneering civil rights cases as Brown v. Board of Education, which ended school segregation by race in 1954. Judge Motley served as a New York State Senator from 1964 to 1965. In 1965, she became the first woman to be elected Manhattan Borough President. Judge Motley achieved another milestone in 1966. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed to a federal judgeship. Her autobiography Equal Justice Under Law recounts her life story, groundbreaking work in the civil rights movement and her experiences as a federal judge. Judge Motley passed away in September 2005. Further information can be located in the biographical clippings files in the City Hall Library.

Learn more about these women and many others who contributed to New York City life and history by exploring the diverse resources available in the City Hall Library.


The following publications were received by the City Hall Library in the month of February. Additional government publications can be found online in our Government Publications section.

Brennan Center for Justice. Economic Justice Project.
Do New Yorkers know the minimum wage? Results from a spot survey of employers and workers in New York City. February 2006.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
New York State profile - Winter 2005: New York's job picture has remained favorable.... Washington: 2005.

Hardesty & Hanover, LLP.
Willis Avenue Bridge reconstruction: final environmental impact statement. December 2005.

Inform, Inc.
New York City's commercial waste hauling fleets: an opportunity for New York City to ensure cleaner quieter waste collection operations. February 2006.

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Taxes and consequences: the Gotham STAMP 2006 Computable General Equilibrium Model. December 2005.

The Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, Inc.
Rapid rip-offs: tax refund anticipation lending in New York City. March 2006.

N.Y. City. City Planning, Department of.
Consolidated plan 2006, effective as of December 30, 2005. 3v.

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the New York Yankees rental credits for the first quarter of 2005 (January 1-March 31, 2005). (Report no. 7692) February 9, 2006.

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the use of procurement cards by the Department of Parks and Recreation. (Report no. 7693) February 8, 2006.

N.Y. City. Mayor.
Mayor's management report. Fiscal 2006 preliminary. February 2006.

N.Y. City. Public Advocate.
A mother's right to know: New York City hospitals fail to provide legally mandated maternity information. July 2005.

New York State Citizen Review Panels.
Annual report, January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2004. The Family Violence Education and Research Center, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2005.

New York State Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services.
2005 report and recommendations. Albany: c/o Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, 2005.

N.Y. State. Comptroller.
Review of the financial plan of the City of New York. February 2006.

N.Y. State. Comptroller.
Status report: the progress of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital security program. March 2006.

Public/Private Ventures.
Getting it right: strategies for after-school success. New York: September 2005.

Public/Private Ventures.
Launching literacy in after-school programs: early lessons from CORAL initiative. Philadelphia: December 2005.

Schaller Consulting.
Necessity or choice? Why people drive in Manhattan. Prepared for Transportation Alternatives. February 2006.

U.S. Small Business Administration.
Audit of SBA's administration of the Supplemental Terrorist Activity Relief Loan Program. Washington: December 23, 2005.

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