Vito P. Battista

Sunday, October 27, 1957

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

Vito Battista, candidate for Mayor under the United Taxpayers Party, answers questions about immigration and housing.

Marvin Sleeper hosts.

Panelists: Ruth Corsnick, Jim Farrell, Reardon Roate, Mike Spielman, and Burt Kibrick.


The United Taxpayers Party stands for lower taxes, elimination of waste and inefficiency, and proper planning of New York City. Abolishing NYC Housing Authority. Residency laws. Elimination of soft payroll jobs and unnecessary services, such as judges' secretaries. Public housing has created a ghetto situation. Police protection is sent to public housing instead of to his neighborhood. Instead of public housing, buildings should be run as co-ops to engender a sense of ownership. Housing projects are slums the day they're built: "because some of the people that you're putting in there aren't even housebroken." It's wrong to build public housing in places where private housing could be built. A lot of the slums in the city are Wagner's fault. There's nothing wrong with living in a railroad flat. Reduce the sales tax, raise salaries. Wiping out the housing authority would lessen the communist influence. The New York press has reported that there are card carrying communist party members in public housing. Preussy report. Communists living on Park Avenue are paying for their membership with their own money, not with subsidized money from the government. The whole concept of public housing is wrong; the slums that exist in the city are the result of the exploitation of minorities by absentee landlords, done with the acquiescence of the housing authority. What is the alternative to La Guardia's residency laws? Shakey-Brown-Isaacson bill.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72059
Municipal archives id: LT7688


Vito P. Battista, Ruth Corsnick, Jim Farrell, Burt Kibrick, Reardon Roate, Marvin Sleeper and Michael Spielman


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