Box 7, Folder 18, Document 19

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Acting early to keep the
city’s summer a “cool” one,

Mayor Lindsay yesterday ap-iare getting the maximum value @ctivities is needed.”



City Moves

| The task torece will he re
‘sponsible for the spending of
‘all funds that become available
‘for community projects.

| “We want to be sure that we

to Avert Summer Unrest

: {
imember of the task force, be-;Themas A. Van Sant of the Board
cause, Mr, Lindsay said, “ex-| of Education.
pnerlente has shown that even) James W,. Smith, assistant to the

reater control of a summer! Mayor for Community Relations.
: : Robert O. Lowery, Fire Commis-

pointed a Summer Task Force |for each dollar spent and that,
‘of top city officials to coordi-|these funds are going into the

: jon
The chairman of the -—< Robert Shrank, Mrs, Johnson and

dinating task force will be

nate recreation and community-
‘development programs in de-
pressed neighborhoods.

The 22-member group, which
includes nine Negroes and one
‘Puerto Rican, will supervise
one that range from the

placement of play streets and
fire-hydrant sprays to the
spending of antipoverty funds
jand the arrangement of walk-
jing tours by Mayor Lindsay
through ghettos.

In a statement announcing
ithe appointment of the group,
i Mr. Lindsay noted that the city
‘had gotten through the sum-
mer of 1966 without any major
racial disturbances. Summers
are particularly touchy because
‘slum dwellers escaping from
itheir stifling apartments gather
jin the streets, where even a
‘small incident might lead to

The generally peaceful sum-

‘areas where there is the great-
est need,” Mr, Lindsay said.
Another assignment of the
task force will be to attract
Federal funds to support the

| Barry H. Gottehrer, an assistant
;to the Mayor. Mr. Gottchrer,
‘who is 32 years old, has served
‘on the Antipoverty Operations
Board and the Special Summer

+1966 Subcommittee,

A former reporter, Mr. Gotte-
threr was a trouble shooter for
the Mayor in city neighborhoods
‘this winter.

program. Last year, New York
City received nearly $12-million
for the Federal Government,
through the Office of Economic

rid hig a for summer’ &¢- as Sammer. Task Force is
. tschedu to hold weekly meet-
But the prospects for another) 5. until the hot weather

such allocation do not appear starts. Adter that 4€ will meet
bright at the moment, the. .-" often as is necessary. Its
Mayor said. It was hoped that 64.1 meeting will be held
ja well-developed plan, prepared yw oanes day attemnoon at City
jbeforehand, might influence 5,,))
ones ph RReemarete money! ‘rhe members of the task
o support it. . : .
Finally, the task force wil|fOre, 2prescat mune city ae
coordinate appeals to founda-)" py, Mayor named Cyril D.
tions and business groups for Tyson of the Human Resources
Tne. to pay for summer pro-| ,aministration as vice chair-
Mr. Lindsay recalled the pri-|
vately financed Rheingold Sum-:
mer Concert Festival, which!
attracted at

Others appointed to the task
force were:

large audiences

mer of 1966 was due in part, jazz, folk music, and rock 'n'
the Mayor said, to the “ex--roll performances in Central
traordinary efforts” of scores of Park last year. He also cited

icity officials and private volun-
“From this experience we
‘learned many lessons,” the May-
‘or went on. “Most important,
‘we learned that coordination of
‘the work of key agencies—-the
‘police, fire, education, anti-
\poverty, and the Mayor's office
|—wags needed at the highest
‘level. This is the job the task
force will do.”

! One of the first efforts of
ithe task force will be to develop
la citywide network of adults
jand youngsters who are re-
igarded as the leaders in their

‘a sports festival for youths
jsponsored by Old London Foods
at Prospect Park and Randalls
Island. Pisa

Last summer the city's anti-
poverty program reached into
the communities for the par-
ticipation of “indigenous groups"
in organizing day camps, voca-
tional-training courses, and trips
to the country for slum children
j\who had never been out of
ithcir own neighborhoods.

These efforts were considered
successful. But former Parks
Commissioner Thomas P. F.
\Hoving said afterward that
lwhat was needed was a co-
jordinating group, “headed by
jone strong ian,” to steer these
ldiverse efforts and utilize all
leity agencies that could con-
tribute to them.
| Mr. Lindsay said that Mrs.
'Thelma Johnson, an official in
ithe Human Resources Adminis-
tration, would head a summer
iantipoverty program. Mrs.
|Johnson will also serve as a

Frank Espada of the Human
Resources Administration,
Walter E. Washington, chairman:
of the Housing Authority. i
William H. Booth, chairman of
the Human Rights Commission. |
Sidney Davidoff, assistant to the;
Mayor for Neighborhood Pro-'
prams, ;
Robert M. Blum, assistant to the;
Mayor for Neighborhood Little!
City Halls. ;
Peter Aschkenasy, deputy execu-|

tive director, Department of:


John Foley, executive director, !

Police Athletic League. |
David L. Garth, special consultant

to the Mayor,

Lillian Lampkin, executive direc-,
tor of the Youth Board.
Representing the Police De-

partment will be:

Sanford D. Garelik, chief inspec-
tor, Franklin A. Thomas, deputy '
commissioner for legal matters,
and Lloyd G. Sealy, assistant)
chief inspector.

A member from the Council
Against Poverty and two mem-
bers from other cily agencies
will be named later.

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