Daily News from New York, New York on December 17, 1970 · 32
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DAILY NEWS, THURSDAY DECEMBER 17; 1970 C5 Off Cifiv eg Mime PM Is to we: mmmm 4 NEWS photo bv Dnn;s Cruo Elena Camillas (left) and Margaret Sliss, among the first tenants, trim Christmas tree in World Trade Center office. By GENE SPAGNOLI ' Staff Correspondent of The News Albany, Dec. 16 Gov. Rockefeller told Mayor Lindsay and other Big Six mayors today that there was no chance of getting any substantial additional aid from the state unless Congress approves the $10 billion federal revenue-sharing legislation he is pushing, "We need national federal shar ing of not less than $10 billion next year to save what can be a national disaster," he said grimly. The mayors said they were ready to join with Rockefeller to march up Capitol Hill in Washington "to demonstrate our commitment to a massive increase in federal aid." Say State Must Help The mayors noted, however, that regardless of federal revenue sharing, "the state must continue to assume to its cities." Obviously worried, Rockefeller said: "These mayors have horrendous problems. We are all in the same boat. We are coming to the end of our tax-raising capacity. This $10 billion is essential to save local governments from bankruptcy." Rockefeller issued a summary of preliminary analyses of recent J Big Six proposals. Noting a lacK of detailed information on the proposals," Rockefeller said Budget Director T. Noi-man Hurd had computed the cost to the state at about $972 million for fiscal year 1971-72. The figures, which included education and welfare takeover and police cost assistance, would climb to $5.8 billion in 1975-76 and total about $15 billion in the five-year period, the governor said. Small Chance Seen Asked what chance the cities had of getting all they asked for if the state should get $1 billion as its share of the federal money, Rockefeller said: "Very little." But substantial help would be given to the cities, he added. Rockefeller said his only purpose in proposing the audit of New York City, Buffalo and Rochester was to make available a service that has proved useful to all other cities. He said that finf fe ' Center .pens; Stones By OWEN MORITZ The World Trade Center,' a 110-story castle of commerce sheathed in shining armor and glass, opened for business yesterday as the worm s tauest stcyscidper. The event formally ended the Abomtd Empire State Building's 40-year reign and ushered in a spectacular new addition to the city an office complex that will eventually total six enormous buildings, cost $650 million and house 130,-000 persons on a given day. Virtually without ceremony, 25 employes of two import-export firms the building's first tenants reported to work in the North Tower, the more advanced of the two towers that will forever change the downtown skyline. To reach the North Tower of the 16-acre complex situated between West and Church, Liberty and Vesey Sts. employes and service crews must march in a lenghtly covered walkway off Dey St., past a number of the 7,000 construction workers still at work. One of the first in was a letter carrier, wearing muttonchops, named Sidney Nulman, 50, of the Bronx. He makes a speciality of serving jumbo-sized skyscrapers, having worked the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. "I would like to deliver here all the time," Nulman said. A 17-year veteran, he carried a mere 15 letters yesterday and found his way around the beige hall-wavs without difficulty. "But so would a lot of other people. They may need 20 or 50 postmen here." Up on the 11th floor, Margaret Sliss of Astoria, and Elena A1RDEX UNHEALTHFUL j UNSATISFACTORY H ACCEPTABLE -j GOOD H Fur 24 -to. Period Ending 3 00 p.m.. Yesterday. r 1 i 1 . M I TODAY: Pollution levels are expected to remain unsatisfactory. -Dept. of Air Resources Caminas of Sunnyside, both Queens, both 22 and both attractive, were hurriedly snapping lights on a minisized Christmas tree. Delay on the Tree "We had to delay our office Christn-as tree until we got here," explained Thomas E. Kelly, vice president of Irving R. Booty. Inc., one of the two firms that moved in. James Farrell, Jr., president of Export-Import Services Inc. the other new firm stood over his desk in a 10th floor corner, sorting out items from a cardboard carton. "'Quite a day," said Farrell, "My first grandson was born this very morning." Was he going to call him, W. T. C. Farrell? "No," laughed Farrell. 'He's William Farrell, the fourth." An alert photographer sighted the first piece of graffiti on a stairwell between the 10th and 11th floors. "We expect more than one language," a trade center official said. "We have many nations represented here. We are an international trade building after all." When finished in 1973, the center will consist of two 110-story towers, a new custom house, two smaller office buildings and a hotel, all surrounding a five-acre plaza designed to liven up downtown Manhattan at night. Assailed by Kheel The use of Port of New York Authority funds to build the complex brought an angry blast yes- j terday from labor mediator Iheodore Kheel, long a critic of the authority's involvement. "The World Trade Center is the Port Authority's Berlin Wall," said Kheel. "It shields the Port Authority from doing what it was set up to do and that is to help move people and goods by devel-ojing and coordinating all forms of transportation. Instead, the PA uses government subsidies to finance the largest office building-real estate project in history to compete . with private industry where private industry is supplying all the space we need without' government help." . w .J ' t I ft I v. X $? I :; I ..rnysx- XX' so i,as X "" - S --"!"; . ; r - 2 "the state controller may have helpful hints on how to sine money." Earlier, Lindsay was asked about the tighter reins on c'ty spending envisioned by Rockefeller. "Home rule is absolutely essential if the flexibility neeiied to run the cities is to be preserved." Lindsay said. "I don't think the proposed audit has anything to do with that." All of the mayors said f'.-it services would have to be cui if more funds are not granted. The other cities of the Big Six are Yonkers, Buffalo, Albany, Rochester 'and Syracuse. U.S, to Slash Food Stomps Here by $41 A castle of commerce now business. By MARTIN McLAUGHLIN The federal government will reduce its participation in the city's food stamp program by about $ J. 4 million by eliminating the half-price provision for new applicants starting Jan. 1, Hum;n Resources Administrator Jule M. Sugarman announced yesteri;iy. Under the present program a family of four can purchase $.'X worth of stamps each month, and the stamps will buy $106 worth of food. As an incentive for participation, however, for the first month the newly enrolled family can purchase its stamps at half price, or $41 for a family of four. A 10 Reduction "Eliminating this provision means that the 4:18,000 New Yorkers we expect to sign up after Jan. 1 will have their benefits reduced and the federal expenditure of $48 million will he reduced by almost 10'r," Sugar-man said. Sugarman also criticized the U.S. Departmen of Agriculture for not acting on the city's request to allow nonwelfare, low icome residents to qualify for the program by a simple "declaration." $38M So Far Since Sept. 1, $58 million worth of food stamps has been so'd, and of that total $26.2 million represents the federal bonus money. "This bonus money," said Sugarman, " is going into the hands of food merchants throughout the city and increasing their business as well as the nutritional level of poor families. "It is unfortunate that the federal government has chosen to cut its food program in the midst of mounting nflation, rising unemployment and national concern over hunger and malnutrition." Afl tiiphy Asks $62MJ1 f or Police ipept By OWEN FITZGERALD Police Commissioner Murphy presented his first expense budget yesterday at City Hall, a record-breaking request for $626.6 million for 1971-72. But no money was re quested for more cops. Despite Murphy's plea that the funds requested were limited to the department's minimum needs and should be granted in full, Budget Director Edward K. Hamilton warned that the city was fiscally strapped. Murphy said that the Police nAnartniPTit-.'s renuest was an in crease of '$31.7', million oyer the $594.8 million and represented a boost of 5l,3- Mandatory Items The commissioner said that "inescapable' mandatory items covering salaries, . pensions, uniforms and fringe benefits made up 97 or $611 million of the over-all budget. One mandated item calls current- .spending - -progenia - of-i Jot -a- J5 -centra-day- -wage- boost lor 2,328 school crossing guards, effective next September. Murphy said the Lindsay administration's selective job freeze may see the vacancy rate on the police force grow from the present 320 openings to as many as 1,000 by June 30. . - ' The commissioner said that vacancies, which occur at the rate of 100 a month, "will be filled at regular intervals" in the next fiscal year to keep the force as close as possible to its authorized quota of 32,038 men. He asked for $5 million, an increase of $1 million, for the department's motor vehicle program to buy and maintain 1,088 new vehicles,- ranging from radio patrol ears to five snowmobiles." X Patrick V. Murpfijr . 4 ' Ha want new vhicltt

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