Reformer tells story of defeating the Albany and Cohoes Democratic machines


Reformer tells story of defeating the Albany and Cohoes Democratic machines

COHOES – It was an age of nicknames that when you heard them, you knew exactly which political boss was running the machine in that city or county.

That’s why Paul Van Buskirk, 85, used the names as the title of his new self-published book, “Big Mike, Uncle Dan and Me: How I Beat 20th Century New York State’s Most Corrupt Political Machine,” an accounting of how he led the Cohoes Citizens Party in toppling some of the most powerful people in Albany County in 1963.

Big Mike was an equal of Daniel O’Connell, who was elected Albany assessor campaigning in his U.S. Navy uniform right after World War I, who bossed Albany County.

Source: Times Unition
Reformer tells story of defeating the Albany and Cohoes Democratic machines

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