The letter from Louis Tucker concerning former assemblywoman, Gerdi Lipschutz, confuses two separate incidents.
While democratic District Leader, Gerdi applied for a job as Director of Volunteers in the administration of Mayor Abraham Beame. She was embarrassed when it became known that the resume she submitted for that job included a college degree, which she did not have. Gerdi withdrew her application and continued to serve as District Leader.
When Assemblyman Herbert Posner resigned to accept a judgeship, Gerdi was elected to the Assembly in a special election. Although her previous withdrawal from consideration for a City Hall job was well known in the community and well publicized through a Wave column written by Playland owner Richard Geist, Gerdi continued to be reelected to the New York State Assembly.
The resignation recalled in the letter was an entirely different matter. At the request of Richard Rubin, Executive Director of the Queens Democratic Party, Gerdi had placed two employees of Mr. Rubin on the Assembly payroll in no-show jobs. This information was disclosed during Rubin’s criminal trial. Gerdi Lipschutz resigned as Assemblywoman and then as Democratic Leader.
I was quite surprised to see a letter signed by Lou Tucker. Lou was President of the Roy Reuther Tenants Association and was active in Democratic politics during the time in question. It was known that he passed away a number of years ago. If Lou was still with us, I would like to get in touch with him to discuss the political history of the Rockaways.
I would hope that no one would use the name of this distinguished community activist to use garbled history to attack any current candidate.
While I write from memory as a colleague of Gerdi’s, representing Rockaway on the Democratic State Committee and worked with Lou Tucker on a few community issues, I’m sure the facts could be verified through back copies of The Wave. Perhaps Emil Lucev or other Rockaway historians could bring everyone the facts.