Leadership

Ex-Fire Comr. Moran Sentenced

Issue 4 and Volume 105.

Ex-Fire Comr. Moran Sentenced On March 13, 1952, the gates of Sing Sing Prison closed behind James J. Moran, as the former Deputy Fire Commissioner, and Commissioner of Water Supply of the City of New York, began a fifteen-and-a-half to twenty-eight-year term for extortion and conspiracy. Moran, who rose to high public office on the friendship of William O’Dwyer, former Mayor of the world’s largest city and now Ambassador to Mexico, achieved the doubtful distinction of being the guiding genius in a fire department shakedown racket that grossed an estimated $500,000. Variously described as the “bagman,” the “hatchetman” and the “brains” of an organized conspiracy that hid behind the good name of the fire department to force installers of oilburners to meet schedules of illegal payments on pain of having work held up, the deputy commissioner also made no bones about putting the heat on other sources of possible revenue,…

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