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Abraham David Beame; 104th Mayor, 1974—1977 [1906 - 2001] The first Jewish mayor of New York City. With New York City on the verge of bankruptcy, Beame was forced to bring about massive cuts in the city's capital budget and to reduce the municipal payroll by 65,000. It was during Beame's term that President Gerald Ford refused to provide federal aid to New York City, prompting the now famous New York Daily News headline: "Ford to New York: Drop Dead."

Abraham David Beame; 104th Mayor, 1974—1977 [1906 - 2001] The first Jewish mayor of New York City. With New York City on the verge of bankruptcy, Beame was forced to bring about massive cuts in the city's capital budget and to reduce the municipal payroll by 65,000. It was during Beame's term that President Gerald Ford refused to provide federal aid to New York City, prompting the now famous New York Daily News headline: "Ford to New York: Drop Dead."

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