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In the early years of his career, Robert Moses—with all of his idealism and arrogance—failed to reform the New York City government and improve efficiency as he proposed. None of his reforms were ultimately taken up and Tammany Hall retook the mayorship from the ‘Boy Mayor’, John Purroy Mitchel the reformist, after three short years.
Al Smith was a poor Irish-American who grew up in the Fourth Ward of New York City (Lower East Side). He became a Tammany Hall loyalist and henchman, but became so well liked (by Tammany and the people of his district) that he was elected to the State Assembly.
Long Island had the largest population of Ku Klux Klan members in New York State during the 1920s. Three successive chairmen of the Suffolk County GOP were Klansmen. The flagpole in front of Islip Town Hall was donated by the Islip branch of the Ladies of the Klan.