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Why New York mayor is the ‘second toughest job in America’

The next mayor faces profound challenges: a city ravaged by the pandemic and beset by deep income inequality a reckoning over racial discrimination

It was during the administration of Fiorello LaGuardia that the position of New York City mayor became known as the “second toughest job in America”.

LaGuardia, New York’s 99th mayor and a man whose name now graces the city’s streets, parks, schools and an airport labeled one of the worst in the country, became regarded as one of the city’s greatest ever leaders, despite facing a collapsing economy, all-powerful crime mobs and civic unrest when he took office in January 1934.

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