1916 - 1941. SIGNED (5 pcs). Overall VG - VG+. Item #27932
LaGuardia, or "Little Flower," is widely regarded as one of the best mayors in New York City history, whose tenure redefined the office. He was the 99th mayor of the "Big Apple", serving his populace from 1934 - 1945. For those twelve years, the 5 foot 2, sometimes belligerent, chief executive dominated life in New York City as if he was 7 foot 2. Unlike many politicians today, he fulfilled many of his pledges, especially the ferreting out of corruption in the city's government. Such earned him a reputation for placing the city's interests ahead of political considerations, and in the same vein, although technically a Republican, he worked closely with the New Deal administration of President Franklin Roosevelt to secure funding for large public works projects. These federal subsidies enabled New York City to create a transportation network the envy of the world, and to build parks, low-income housing, bridges, schools, & hospitals. Furthermore, he achieved the unification of the city's rapid transit system, a goal that had long eluded his predecessors, and he reformed the structure of city government by pushing for a new City Charter. He presided over construction of New York City's first municipal airport on Flushing Bay, later to become his namesake. As a result of all his efforts, LaGuardia's psychological effect on New York City was nothing short of profound, restoring faith in city government by demanding excellence from civil servants. Many politicans today could learn from his example, and we, the American people, would be fortunate to have such a person in the White House today. [www.nyc.gov].