NEW YORK: My Turn Has Come

For more than two years, at every roll call, Senate clerks had written the words "necessarily absent" after the name of the senior Senator from New York. Nevertheless, Senate pages continued to tend the inkwell and sand holder at his vacant desk, and his name appeared from time to time (as a cosponsor) on Senate bills.

Last week, 64 years after he arrived in the U.S. from his native Germany and 44 years after he undertook his first public office (as a New York State assemblyman), 72 year-old Senator Robert F. Wagner said...

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