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
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Catalog Record
13600582
Also In
Oral History Archives at Columbia
Time-Based Media
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-k1pt-9z93
Related URLs
Available digital content for this interview.