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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Part 4, Chapter 22 Order Number 129 Summary & Analysis

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Part 4, Chapter 22 Order Number 129 Summary

In 1934, Roosevelt is President and begins his move against Moses when he tells La Guardia to oust him from the Triborough Bridge Authority. He could be forced out of the Park Commission job since he is a political appointee. La Guardia keeps stalling on the Moses resignation. The President informs La Guardia that he will never approve any new federally funded projects as long as Moses is around. Since Moses wrote the bill himself, he can't be ousted unless he is charged with a crime.

The federal Public Works Administration responds by issuing order # 129. This order basically says that the administration won't issue funds to any entity created solely for a specific project when the member has another position within that municipality. The PWA tells La Guardia they will settle for him not re-appointing Moses when his...

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