Democrats: Me & Screvane

Of New York City's 2,378,000 registered Democrats, only three, as of last weekend, had officially declared themselves as candidates to succeed retiring Mayor Robert Wagner. Of these, only one could be considered a truly serious possibility: City Council President Paul R. (for Rogers) Screvane, 50, a professional public servant who knows the city right down to the bottom of its garbage cans.

A Bronx boy, Screvane is of Italian and Irish parentage, went to Mississippi State University on an athletic scholarship. He is still a physical culturist, enjoys performing deep knee-bends while standing on one foot. He left school after...

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