Fighting For the City – A History of the New York City Corporation Counsel

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On the basis of the themes set out in the Introduction, Fighting for the City traces the history of New York City's Law Department and its predecessor office, the Recorder, from 1686 to the present. In addition to examining the growth of the Law Department into an entity of nearly 700 attorneys, Fighting for the City traces the tension in the office between politics and professionalism. It finds that, when the city has been struggling to enhance its competitive position, professionalism has been in control. In contrast, until the modern era, when New York has enjoyed economic dominance, especially during the nineteenth century, politics and connections have tended to take over.

By William E. Nelson. Foreword by Mayor Edward I. Koch. 6 x 9 inches, 368 pages plus 14 pages of images. Hardcover.