The Democratic Ticket : Paul Screvane, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Orin Lehman

Wednesday, August 25, 1965

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

Candidates for various offices in the Democratic primary, as part of a series allowing all candidates to speak or be spoken for.

Screvane speaks to the candidacy of all speakers by illustrating work done with the community, including youth employment and juvenile delinquency, Operation Head Start, hob training for men on public assistance, etc. Believes they have what it takes to lead the city; we do not think we have all the answers, but we have the equipment to find the answers.

OPC spokesman explains the format and introduces Moynihan, a candidate for President of the City Council. Moynihan suggests we're entering a new social era, relates the impact of the New Deal on current issues, the city of Los Angeles is a "monstrosity," the urban environment is polluted and ugly, suggests urban centers have lost control because they've run out of money by continuing to appropriate funds to social purposes; NYC's budget doubles even though the population remains the same.

Lehman, candidate for Comptroller, speaks about current issues, including unemployment and job training, his work in rehabilitation. Q&A: his plans for getting new business to the city.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 43554
Municipal archives id: T1276


Orin Lehman, Daniel P. Moynihan and Paul Screvane


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