By Philip Ross
The mob deals the younger mayor of fortress Lee, New Jersey, a $500,000 bribe to rezone land adjoining to the George Washington Bridge. Risking his existence, the mayor pretends to move besides the plan yet wears a cord. His efforts result in the convictions of 7 humans.
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Inside was his bedroom and on the bed were two nude women. ” the man asked. “I certainly do,” Reilly said and beat a hasty exit. In every successful uphill campaign there comes a turning point, an event which in retrospect caused the momentum to turn around. For Burt, that point came in mid-September. Until then his big issue had been a cable-TV franchise which he believed the mayor and council had improperly awarded. It was an issue that was putting people to sleep. “We’ve got to forget the cable thing,” he announced after returning to headquarters late one night.
It seemed to him that if he did most of the work, he should have most of the say. He also grew impatient with endless discussions that to him signified nothing. He wanted action. Toward friends Burt showed great loyalty. For instance he had found it difficult to get a faculty member willing to introduce Wallace until a professor of government stepped forward. A few months later, when Burt heard Martin Luther King was coming, he reached for the phone and called the same man. “Dr. King is coming and I think you ought to introduce him,” Burt said.
He asked her after their first evening of bell ringing. “You talk too much,” Ellen said. It was advice that only began to sink in a few weeks later, when a man Burt spent an hour convincing to vote Democratic turned out to be from another town. When Burt finally started listening to people, he couldn’t believe what he sometimes heard. “I’m fed up with the Democrats who are running this town,” one man shouted at him. ” “Don’t you try to fool me, young fellow,” the man snorted before slamming his door in Burt’s face.
Bribe by Philip Ross