Wagner Statement on the Democratic Electoral Victory

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Woman heard at open describing the format for conference, radio first, followed by television, 4 minutes each.

Mayor Robert F. Wagner makes a statement on the Democratic victory in the legislature of New York state. Particularly, attention is paid to the election of Robert F. Kennedy as Senator. Wagner answers questions about how the Democratic victory might impact the Mayor's goals for New York, and particularly related to the legalization of off-track betting.

Also, Wagner questioned about his plans for his own political future. Wagner replies that he works day to day, and does not looks years into the future.

Brief period of dead air - seems to be conference setting up for television interview portion.

Mayor Wagner questioned about likelihood that New York City's problems will be addressed now that there is a Democratic majority in the state government.

Questioned again about plans to run for governor of New York state. Answers that he does not have any plans to do so.

Wagner is heard getting advice from unidentified speaker (perhaps the interviewer?) about how to answer questions related his relationship with Robert Kennedy. Immediately after this, interviewer asks if Wagner is at risk of losing his role as titular head of the Democratic party in New York now that Robert Kennedy is in office. Replies with example suggested by unidentified speaker.

Once again, heard chatting with (different) unnamed speaker, perhaps another interviewer, before answering further questions.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70308
Municipal archives id: T105