Charles F. Preusse

Friday, December 23, 1955

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Preusse discusses the functions of the city administrator, he notes the many duties of the mayor to explain why the mayor needs an office to see to the day to day running of the city departments.

Preusse notes a new reporting system in his office to manage city departments and ensure they are using modern techniques and utilizing resources and man power correctly.

His goal for his administration is to eliminate non-necessary items in the budget. When asked about specific items that might be eliminated he recommends the sale of Washington Market, water meter inspection, and a private cartmen service, and potentially the physical consolidation of the physical courts.

Preusse answers questions relare to potential of turning over city services to private enterprise as well as the movement from "rails to rubber" - noting that use of the subway has fallen significantly. He is also asked about the Welfare Island [Roosevelt Island] ferry service.

He is asked and answers positively about a young administrator internship program. He is unable to answer questions about taxation. He notes that there are efforts to make New York a center for television production.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70953
Municipal archives id: LT6343


Lawrence Barrett, Jim Farrell, Robert Feinberg, Charles F. Preusse, Marvin Sleeper and Jerry Zukowski


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