Robert E. Barnes

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

Barnes, Republican City Councilman from Queens, answers questions about transportation and New York City.

Marvin Sleeper moderates.

Panelists: Flo Casey, Paulette Singer, and Jim Farrell


New York City has become a welfare state, perhaps the foremost example of a welfare state in the entire world. There is no residency requirement to receive welfare benefits. This is changing the face of New York City. Long discussion of welfare laws and his political ideas about the service. Indirect costs of welfare: board of education, police department, fire department, hospitals, and housing projects. Individual charity organizations could help those people who don't meet the requirements of a residency bill. 2nd Avenue subway, Utica Avenue line, and Nostrand Ave extension were approved, but the money has been mostly squandered. Number of Republicans and Democrats in the City Council. The taxpayer is overburdened, particularly the small homeowner. There would be a reduction in taxes within the first year of any new administration. Need to do away with part time jobs getting full time pay. Departments of Commerce and Public Events should be abolished. Don't need fancy departments to entice businesses.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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