Mayor Wagner

Sunday, December 25, 1955

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

Mayor Robert Wagner answers questions about the city budget and other municipal business.

Hosted by Marvin Sleeper.

Wagner wishes the audience a happy Christmas and encourages an effort towards fire safety.

Panelists: Penny Fox of the Hunter College Arrow, Larry Barrett of the NYU Square Bulletin, and Jerry Sukoski of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


Commuters who don't pay taxes for transportation in New York. His hopes for the pari mutuel tax. Budget cuts. Exemptions for business that come to the city. New York's education problems: providing adequate schools and teachers. If we had more religion, perhaps juvenile delinquency wouldn't be such a problem.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71928
Municipal archives id: LT6344


Lawrence Barrett, Penny Fox, Marvin Sleeper, Jerry Sukowski and Robert F. Wagner


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