Robert Wagner

Wednesday, June 03, 1964

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

From card catalog: Mayor Robert Wagner speaks about the Democratic primaries that occurred the previous day. He makes a political talk against bossism and about the "new" Democratic party. Question and answer.

On the 300th birthday of New York, 25th anniversary of OPC. Wagner: A new feeling about politics. Younger people out voting, doing their part for the Democratic party. Importance of voting on primary day. Brief mention of newspaper strike.

Question and answer: Setback in Brooklyn? His plans for the future (Mayor, Senator?)? Other politicians' support for Mr. Buckley? Republican primary results in California? Lenny Fobstein (?)? Safety in NYC Subways? Can Mr. Buckley be ousted from Democratic leadership in the Bronx?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70483
Municipal archives id: T591


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