Oral history interview with Allen G. Schwartz 1993


Schwartz, Allen G. (Allen George), 1934- (Interviewee)
Soffer, Jonathan (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Allen G. Schwartz 1993
Education: City of New York, University of Pennsylvania Law School, LIB 1958; New York City Corrections Officer 1957; County of New York Assistant District Attorney 1959-1962; law career: Pastas Gordan & Hyman, White and Case, Lenny Bruce case; first meeting with Koch 1962; partnership, Koch, Schwartz, Lankenau & Kovner 1965-1969; Koch political career: City Council of New York, Village Independent Democrats, United States Congress, mayoral campaigns 1973 and 1977; Koch victory 1977; Corporations Counsel, City of New York 1978-1981; reorganization of Law Department, computerization, appointments, structure; consent decress, treatment of prisoners in City jails, domestic violence, police hiring, homelessness, police surveillance (Handshu decision), special education; water tunnel suit; Sydenham Hospital closing; Riker's Island medical malpractice suits; appointment to Koch administrations, commissioners, deputy mayors; Mayor's Committee on Judicial Selection; Board of Water Supply elimination; fiscal crisis, Municipal Assistance Corporation, federal and state relations with City; labor negotiations, Transit Workers Union strike 1980; Koch relations with unions, financial community, African American community. Resignation as Corporation Counsel, Sports Commissioner appointment, retention of New York Knicks and New York Rangers; continuing relationship with Koch, advisory capacity; gubernatorial primary 1982; Koch third term; Parking Violations Bureau scandal, Wedtech; indictments, Donald Manes, Stanley Friedman, Anthony Ameruso, Bess Myerson; 1989 election; Koch retirement; continuing career, contracts with WNEW, WABC, New York Post; reflections on Koch Administration.
Collection Name
Edward I. Koch administration oral history project
Lawyers; Schwartz, Allen G. (Allen George), 1934-; Koch, Ed, 1924-2013; New York (N.Y.). Mayor
oral histories; sound recordings
Note (Biographical)
Interviewed by Jonathan Soffer on December 16, and December 23, 1992, and January 6, February 19, and April 20, 1993.
Note (Provenance)
Allen G. Schwartz, Gift 1995
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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