Frances W. H. Adams

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Former Police Commissioners; sitting: Edward P. Mulrooney and Grover Whalen. Standing: Arthur Wallender, William P. O'Brein, Francis W.H. Adams and current PC Stephen P. Kennedy 2/24/1958

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

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Guest is Frances W. H. Adams, former Police Commissioner of N.Y.C.

Panelists include: Jim Farrell, Ed Stover, and Frank Zeller.

Adams does not believe that "gangsterism" is an issue in the upcoming election. He says the bigger issue is if a "phony liberal" will be accepted or if Averell Harriman will be re-elected. He believes that Rockefeller is trying to distract the public with the focus on "gangsterism" so they will not notice his lack of experience in government.

He responds charges by Republicans that the his selection as a potential replacement for District Attorney Frank Hogan was done without Hogan's consent/ Adams points out that he has not been officially selected yet, and that Hogan has not yet been elected to Senate.

The Police Department has claimed their wages should be equal to those of the FBI, Adams believes that the salary should be higher, and that the NYC Police should have training equal to the FBI. He also thinks the Police Department should not be allowed to unionize.

Go on to discuss crime rates under Harriman, and some possible misrepresentations by Rockefeller.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72131
Municipal archives id: LT8254