John Lindsay was the 103rd mayor of New York City from January 1, 1966 to December 31, 1973. Pages for offline publishers More information He went from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in 1971 and launched a brief and unsuccessful run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, as well as the 1980 Democratic nomination for senator from New York. In 1965, Lindsay was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican with the support of the New York Liberal Party in a three-way race. He defeated Democratic mayoral candidate Abraham D. Beame, then Municipal Comptroller, as well as the founder of National Review, William F.
Buckley, Jr. The unofficial campaign motto, taken from a column by Murray Kempton, was “He's fresh and everyone else is tired.”. On his first day as mayor, January 1, 1966, the United States Transportation Workers Union, led by Mike Quill, closed the city with the total interruption of subway and bus service. As New Yorkers were enduring the public transportation strike, Lindsay commented, “I still think it's a fun city,” and walked six kilometers from her hotel room to City Hall in a gesture to show it.
Dick Schaap, then a columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, popularized the term in an article entitled Fun City. In the article, Schaap sardonically noted that it wasn't. The summer of 1971 marked the beginning of another devastating strike, as more than 8,000 workers belonging to the AFSCME District Council 37 were out of work for two days. The strikers included the operators of the city's drawbridges and wastewater treatment plants.
Drawbridges over the Harlem River were blocked in the elevated position, preventing car travel to Manhattan, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into local waterways. Journalist Robert McFadden made an alternative assessment, who said that by 1973, his last year in office, Mr. Lindsay had become a more experienced and pragmatic mayor. McFadden also credited him with reducing racial tensions, leading to preventing the riots that devastated Detroit, Los Angeles, Newark and other cities.
Attempting to return to politics in 1980, Lindsay made a risky bet for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. UU. Senator from New York, and finished third. He was also active in charities in New York City, served on the board of directors of the Association for a Better New York and was president of the Lincoln Center Theater.
After her death, the New York Times credited Lindsay with an important role in the rejuvenation of the theater. He appeared on a poster with Governor Rockefeller at the inauguration of the former World Trade Center, in the city history section of the Museum of the City of New York, on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. In 1949, he was appointed governor of the Young Republicans Club of New York; in 1951, he was one of the 11 founders of the Youth movement by Eisenhower; in 1952, his work at the Republican National Convention impressed Mr. Mayor Lindsay answers questions about the statements he made the day before about President Nixon, whom the mayor blamed for the cloud of suspicion and mistrust.
As New Yorkers of his time remember, he created Kennedy-style enthusiasm by bringing brilliant young people of ingenuity, zeal and imagination to the city government. In this press conference, Mayor Lindsay supports Louis Lefkowitz as New York State Attorney General, calling him “the people's lawyer.”. Quill, had danced a pas de deux every other New Year's Eve with Mayor Wagner, threatening a strike for weeks with a tyrannical brogue, and then arrived at 11 o'clock with conditions that would allow him — and the city — to win each one. Another plan by Lindsay to turn dozens of neighborhood storefronts used in her campaign into “small town halls” —apparently to give voters popular access to local government— was rejected by City Council Democrats, who said that, in fact, they would become headquarters for Lindsay's political clubs.
It also made him eligible to receive a municipal pension in May 1997, under new regulations that required only 10 years of municipal service. Millions of Americans knew Lindsay as a glamorous political celebrity who was fighting against the iniquities of New York in what he called “the second hardest job in the United States.”. Lindsay's eight years of service as mayor left her seven years short of qualifying for a municipal pension. Back in New York City, Lindsay met his future wife, Mary Anne Harrison (1926-2000), at the wedding of Nancy Walker Bush (daughter of Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush and sister of future President George Herbert Walker Bush and aunt of George W.
Lindsay began leaning into politics as one of the founders of the Youth for Eisenhower club in 1951 and as president of The New York Young Republican Club in 1952. New York's huge subway and bus network was closed due to a transportation strike that had been unattended for weeks. Lindsay was born in New York City, on West End Avenue, to George Nelson Lindsay and former Florence Eleanor Vliet. Brownell helped him get a job at the New York law firm Webster, Sheffield & Chrystie, and start moving in the right Republican circles.