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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York - Part 6, Chapter 31 Monopoly Summary & Analysis

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Part 6, Chapter 31 Monopoly Summary

World War II gives Moses another chance to destroy the Tunnel Authority. The tunnel has no revenues during the war and the bonds will not be able to be refinanced to cover the original issue. Moses tries to get control of the Tunnel Authority and in doing so he attacks its chief-engineer, Singstad, whose brother-in-law had purchased land in the affected area. This brings on an investigation in which the engineer is eventually absolved of any wrong-doing.

Since it is an election year and nobody wants the kind of scandal that Moses can create, La Guardia stays out of the way when Moses takes over the Tunnel Authority. One member dies without a successor being appointed and another member's term expires. This means that two out of three seats are open. La Guardia merges the Tunnel Authority with the...

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