New York State Crime Commission.


Public Hearing Number 5. Conducted by ... Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders of March 29, 1951 and November 13, 1952;. ... NY 1953.
1st Ed. 6 vols. 4to. Pastedown maps, charts. Some light browning, contemporary gilt lettered cloth, some fading and soiling, sm. nick to head of spine of vol. 3. Ex.-libris Julio E. Nunez, Senior Assistant Counsel to the Commission. Thorough exposure of racketeering on the Waterfront, including revealing the identity of ‘Mr Big’, Bill McCormack. The New York State Crime Commission was appointed by Governor Dewey in 1951 to investigate and report on the relationship between organized crime and units of government and to recommend measures for the improvement of law enforcement in the state. Pervasive corruption on the waterfront in the Port of New York-New Jersey was documented by public hearings held by the Commission with the assistance of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Council. Chairman of the Crime Commission from 1951 to 1953 was Judge Joseph Meyer Proskauer (1877-1971) and Chief Counsel was John Marshall Harlan (1899-1971). Details of McCormack’s relationships with International Longshoreman’s Association President Joseph P. Ryan and various organized crime figures were revealed in a series of New York Sun articles by Malcolm Johnson entitled ‘Crime on the Waterfront’. These articles, and the above 1953 Waterfront Crime Commission hearings that followed, provided Elia Kazan with the factual background for his classic 1954 film ‘On The Waterfront’.
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