The King of Queens Is Dead

New York City's corruption scandal claims a victim

As president of the New York City borough of Queens, Donald Manes was the political boss of a community whose population (2 million) puts it on a par with the fourth-largest city in the U.S. A savvy leader whose burly gruffness sometimes masked his warmth and intelligence, he had been known as "the King of Queens" for the way he dispensed patronage and used his clout with city hall in Manhattan.

Last week Manes' political saga came to an abrupt end. He was in the kitchen of his Tudor-style home in tony Jamaica Estates, talking on the telephone with his psychiatrist...

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