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about 75% Jewish and about 25% black.
Then we moved in 1941 to New York, and I went to CCNY.
I stayed there for two years, and then I went into the Army in
1943. In New York we had moved to Brooklyn, Ocean Parkway.
In 1943, in April, as I recall it, I was drafted and went into
the Army, and I came out in 1946 and went to New York University
School of Law and became a lawyer, admitted to the bar in 1949,
and started my own practice at that time. I took in my first
partner in 1963 after my first political race.
I really got started in politics in 1952 when I supported
Stevenson and became a street speaker throughout the city. They
had a street speaking campaign operation with a flag and a soap
box. But I didn't do more than that. In 1956 I decided I was
going to move to the Village. I looked for the group that was
supporting Stevenson, and I became their major street speaker
in 1956. That group was called something like Citizens for Stevenson.
It had been opened as a result of the fact that Carmine would not
support Stevenson, and that group ultimately grew into the Village
Democrats. There's a history to that, which we can go into if you'd
like to. I began with them and left them because I didn't think
they were a particularly good group. Tt was a very feisty operation
with Dick Kuh, whom I ultimately prevented in a way from
becoming the d.a. I was very instrumental in contesting his race.
In any event, he was the president and founder of the VID, and
I found him very obnoxious at that time and I never got over it.
I left the VID and for a year or so didn't do anything,
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