Oral history interview with Alair Townsend 1992

Oral history interview with Alair Townsend 1992

 

 

Name:
Townsend, Alair (Interviewee); Gutfreund, Owen (Interviewer)
Title:
Oral history interview with Alair Townsend 1992
Abstract:
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.
Collection Name:
Edward I. Koch administration oral history project
Subjects:
Municipal officials and employees; Townsend, Alair; Koch, Ed, 1924-2013; New York (N.Y.). Mayor
Format:
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre:
Interviews
Date:
1992
Note (Biographical):
Former NYC Budget Director and Deputy Mayor.
Note:
Interviewed by Owen Gutfreund on February 7 and May 21, 1992.
Note (Provenance):
Alair Townsend, Gift 1992
Language:
English
Library Location:
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Catalog Record:
13600582
Digital Project:
Time Based Media
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-k1pt-9z93