CITIES: Musical Benches

Away back in 1948, Vincent Richard Impellitteri's ambition was to become a judge. Last week he made it—by a circuitous route.

About to step out of office as mayor of New York after a resounding defeat in the September primary, Impellitteri had been wondering how he could get a $15,000-a-year lifetime post on the board of water supply, an office he once described as useless. In the end, however, Impellitteri took an even stranger course. Less than four hours before his term as mayor ended, he gave the water-board job to one Herbert M. Rosenberg, a man he had ousted...

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