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The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #5: Robert F. Wagner Jr.

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Robert F. Wagner Jr. (1954-65) 102nd Mayor Four of the five greatest mayors, according to our panel, were also the only four mayors to serve three four-year terms—a testament to the necessity of time for a mayor to cement his legacy, at least in our jurors’ view. Wagner, whose father and namesake was one of the great champions of the New Deal as a U.S. senator from New York, was first elected mayor six months after his father’s death, and… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #4: DeWitt Clinton

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DeWitt Clinton (1803-07, 1808-10, 1811-15) 47th, 49th and 51st Mayor The only mayor of New York City ever to attain higher office, Clinton came in No. 1 on City & State’s list of the Top 10 Greatest Governors in New York State History. To be fair to Clinton, he was already a U.S. senator when he stooped to accept his first appointment as mayor in 1803, but he gladly resigned from the Senate, preferring to live in New York than… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #6: John V. Lindsay

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John V. Lindsay (1966-73) 103rd Mayor Lindsay’s appearance in this ranking, particularly so high up, may cause consternation to some. By the time he left office, Lindsay was deeply unpopular, and his mayoralty is generally regarded as a failure. As one of our jurors put it, “His years were marked by labor strife, racial tensions, rising crime and disorder, and during his second term, a weakening city economy and untenable fiscal policies.” Another juror observed, “The Beame, Koch and Giuliani… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City— #9: John Purroy Mitchel

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John Purroy Mitchel (1914-17) 95th Mayor Dubbed “the Boy Mayor of New York,” Mitchel, who was sworn in at the age of 34, is actually the second-youngest man to ever hold the job (Hugh J. Grant was 30 when he took office in 1889). On balance, Mitchel’s record was mixed. An anti-Tammany reformer elected on a fusion ticket, Mitchel took aim at corruption and sought to modernize the government by such means as drafting the city’s first comprehensive budget and… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #8: Seth Low

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Seth Low (1902-03) 92nd Mayor As one of our jurors writes, Low’s administration “foreshadowed the modern mayoralty and produced a bright example of what professional government would ultimately become.” A former mayor of Brooklyn and president of Columbia College, Low was integral in drafting the charter that consolidated the city, and then was defeated by Tammany’s Robert Van Wyck in the first election of the new entity. Four years later, with the support of Mark Twain, Low won his second… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #10: William Gaynor

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William Gaynor (1910-Sept. 10, 1913) 94th Mayor Gaynor is best remembered for being the only mayor of the City of New York to be shot by an assassin—and for surviving the attempt, despite the bullet lodged in his throat! This bit of trivia—his successor, John Purroy Mitchel, was also shot at, but his assailant missed—tends to diminish the recognition Gaynor deserves. On the day of his inauguration, Gaynor walked from his home on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope across the… [More]

The Top Ten Greatest Mayors of New York City — #7: Rudolph Giuliani

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Rudolph Giuliani (1994-2001) 107th Mayor Giuliani will always be remembered for his performance on 9/11, when he rose to the occasion to earn the title “America’s mayor.” His other signature achievement is the staggering reduction in crime during his administration—the number of murders went from 1,561 in 1994 to a once unimaginable 649 in 2001. More than one of our jurors observed that Giuliani “sold the business community on the idea that the city could be governed.” The quality of… [More]

Michael Ryan Answers All of Your Election Day Board of Election Questions (VIDEO)

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City & State caught up with New York City Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan on Tuesday evening at a polling place on the Upper West Side and asked him about the problems in Brooklyn, whether the Board could have done more to address the problems with the small font on the ballot and everything else you wanted to know about the Board of Elections’ performance (but were afraid to ask!).… [More]