STATES & CITIES: City by Smith

Ultimate purpose of the long-lived legislative committee appointed to investigate New York City's affairs (TIME, April 6, 1931 et seq.) was to suggest reforms in the city government. After 14 months of raking out municipal scandals, last week the committee buckled down to constructive work. Alfred Emanuel Smith, who vitally reorganized the State government when he was Governor, was one of the first witnesses invited to make suggestions. Putting on his spectacles, unfolding voluminous charts, Citizen Smith proceeded to deliver a 75-min. lecture on civic reconstruction. When he had finished the committee...

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