Civil Service Awards

Wednesday, October 09, 1946

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

Presentation of awards to those civil service employees who have worked for 50 years; formation of "half-century club." John Splain, commissioner of Public Works, hosts.

Impellitteri: employment is based only on ability, merit, and fitness; Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Negro, Italian, and Irish work together without incident. Brooklynites vs. New Yorkers. Brooklyn Bridge. We watched NYC become the greatest city; they built it.

Lyons, Borough President of Bronx: Israel Sachs ended up in the Bronx. The only thing they can make in Brooklyn in a tree (Queens, Manhattan..), and other stranger insults. In the Bronx, we create the loveliest of the lovely, the most beautiful women in the world.

Israel Sachs gives awards to named employees (names are mostly inaudible).

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69607
Municipal archives id: LT519


Vincent R. Impellitteri, James J. Lyons and John Splain


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

Buried in this show you will find all sorts of treasures, from the 1937 dedication of the WNYC Greenpoint transmitter to the 1939 lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and the 1964 reception for Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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