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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Leon Panetta and New York City Secession

Sam Robert's blog and podcast at The New York Times has a fascinating story this week about Barack Obama's pick to head the CIA, Leon E. Panetta. Turns out that when Panetta worked for Mayor John Lindsay, he wrote a fascinating memorandum to the mayor (you can read it here in PDF), about the advantages of New York seceding and becoming at 51st State. It's well worth a read.

(By the by: that's not Panetta or Mayor Lindsay in the drawing above: it's Mayor Fernando Wood, the fist NYC executive to seriously consider secession. We'll blog more about Wood and his Tammany Hall connections in a future post.)

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More about Fernando Wood can be found, as always, in Inside the Apple.

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