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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Part 4, Chapter 11 The Majesty of the Law Summary & Analysis

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Part 4, Chapter 11 The Majesty of the Law Summary

Moses has an office across from City Hall. He has appropriations of $225,000 in state revenues to begin but won't have the bond revenues until 1925, if the referendum passes. He hires his staff, having them exempted from civil service examinations. He secures the release of federal lands at Fire Island for inclusion in his parks package and also arranges the release of the water supply lands from the city, with some stipulations. He secures options to buy land and some deserted estates. When he runs into opposition, he reminds them that the state can condemn and appropriate the land. This is also the tactic Moses employs when he receives push-back from the Robber Barons. Their attorneys claim Moses didn't follow procedure or law because he didn't try to negotiate with them before...

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