New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Sunday, January 16,1983 5ANortheast storm to dump heavy snows
A huge winter storm spread snow, sleet and rain from Tennessee to New England on Saturday, rolling in with a wintry punch forecasters said would deliver snow over a foot deep in some areas.
The storm dumped up to 6 inches of snow in Myerstown and Allentown, Pa., and nearby inland parts of New Jersey. The snowfall was predicted to last through Sunday in parts of New England and New York.
It was the first significant snowfall of the winter for much of the Northeast, where temperatures have averaged far above nor
mal this season — a 76 degree reading in Elba, N.Y., for instance, broke a record for the warmest December day in New York state.
In New York City, up to a foot of snow was forecast, and the city Sanitation Department mobilized 1,700 men, 1,300 snowplows and 340 salt spreaders to try to keep the streets open.
“We’re ready to go,” spokesman Burt Alexander said. “All we need is 2 or 3 inches on the ground and we’ll be out there in force.”
The National Weather Service said the storm would bring a foot of snow or more to parts of New York and interior sections of New
Ryan Tilley of the Severe Storms Center in Kansas City said “it’s a good storm,” cautioning that it could be considered “potentially dangerous” because of the accompanying hazards of poor driving conditions and drifting snow.
He said the storm was part of a low pressure system that dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the Great Lakes region Friday before weakening and moving east. It dusted Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee before gaining strength and heading into the Northeast.
The fringes of the storm brought a mixture of rain and snow to Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It had been predicted to dump some 8 inches in parts of Maryland and Delaware, but turned northward sooner than expected after only scattered flurries.
“Boy, it sure looked like a sure thing,” said Amet Figueroa of the National Weather Service in Linthicum, Md. “But now it looks like Mother Nature wants to play one of her games ... That storm system is developing, but further north than anticipated.”
The snow kept many people at home. In
Massachusetts, where a foot or more of snow was predicted, traffic was light Saturday on Interstate 91, a major north-south artery usually crowded on weekends with skiers
Blizzard conditions were forecast overnight
“In will be a classic nor’easter,” said Paul Greaves, a meteorological technician at the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y. “And, behind the storm, winds will pick up out of the northwest — up to 25 mph or more.”
Beat the rap
Reputed Mafia boss Lansky dead of cancer at age 81
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -Meyer Lansky, the reputed underworld patriarch who claimed that organized crime was a myth and never served a major prison term, died Saturday of cancer. He was 81.
“He beat us the hard way,” said Assistant FBI Director Roger Young in Washington.
The Russian-born Lansky died at Mount Sinai Medical Center at 6 a.m., said spokeswoman Judy Stanton. He was admitted to the hospital Dec. 31 suffering from dehydration. His physician, Dr. Howard Grumer, has refused to release any information on his patient.
Lansky began his climb upward in the underworld in the early 1920s, when he was barely out of his teens. Over the next decades he accumulated valuable properties in the United States and Cuba, including casinos and hotels, and became known as a financial genius for his lucrative investment advice to underworld figures.
Authorities tried repeatedly to put him behind bars for a long term but never succeeded. Lansky used to complain that agents tailed him even when he walked his dog.
Young said the FBI “had been looking at (Lansky’s) activities on and off for quite some time.”
In a rare interview six years ago, I^ansky insisted “there is no such thing as organized crime.” But congressional committees and law enforcement officials who had traced his activitites in Nevada, Cuba and New York labeled I^ansky a top figure in organized crime.
In Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film “Godfather II,” the late Lee Strasberg portrayed I^ansky as a big man in organized crime.
“I never saw it," Ixinsky said of the movie.
Lansky lived in a high-rise waterfront condominium in Miami Beach, the Imperial House, with his second wife, Thelma. His first marriage, which produced two sons, ended in divorce.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.
Lansky, who was Jewish, took refuge in Israel for a time in the early 1970s, but was eventually expelled. I^ast year he had expressed a wish to visit that country one last time, but his associates reported back that Israeli officials refused his return.
He was born Maier Suchowljansky in what is now the Soviet Union and said, somewhat proudly on occasion, that his birthdate was July 4, 1901. The family emigrated to the United States when he was IO and settled on Manhattan’s teeming East Side.
The name Meyer l^ansky appeared for the first time in 1918 with his first arrest.
Between that year and 1932, Lansky was arrested eight times on various charges, including suspicion of attempted murder. Police records show only one conviction for that period, for violating the Volstead Act, the statute under which prosecutions were made in Prohibition days. Lansky was fined $100.
The only other conviction that stood on his record came in 1953, for five counts of gambling conspiracy to which he pleaded guilty in New York state. He was sentenced to three months and fined $2,500.
In his early days l„ansky and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel headed a reputed gang of killers known as the “Bugs and Meyer Mob.” Siegel was himself the victim of a gangland-style slaying in June 1947 in California.
By the end of the 1930s, I^ansky had wide gambling interests in Havana, but the approach of World War II interrupted that phase of his career. After the war, Ixinsky moved part of his operation to South Florida until the heat generated by investigations in the early 1950s again caused a shutdown of his gambling operations.
The ascent of Fulgencio Batista to power in Cuba in 1952, however, paved the way for I^nsky to return to Havana in grand style. He soon had the concession for the casino at the Hotel Nacional and branched into night club casino operations, enjoying a virtual monopoly.
But l^ansky recognized before many others that Fidel Castro’s revolution would sweep the country, and he left Havana and settled in Florida — ever the target of federal and state probes and charges that he was a kingpin and powerful financial adviser to the Mafia.
In November 1970, Lansky showed up in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his wife, hoping lo become an Israeli citizen.
Four months later, he was indicted in Miami on a charge of criminal contempt growing out of failure to heed a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury. He also was indicted on charges of income tax evasion.
He was the subject of questions in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and finally the Israelis forced him to leave. On Nov. 5, 1972, he boarded an El Al flight in Tel Aviv and embarked on an odyssey that took him to Switzerland, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina. At each capital he reportedly offered $1 million for sanctuary but was refused.
On his arrival back in Miami, he was arrested by the FBI and tried and convicted on the criminal contempt charge. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, but the conviction was reversed by an appeals court. The next year he was tried and acquitted on the tax charge.
Mayor-council feud in Alexandria heats up
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The City Council met briefly Saturday to continue its feud with Mayor John K. Snyder, overturning his veto of an emergency ordinance ordering city attorneys to stop fighting council orders.
Two councilmen were absent for the 5-0 vote. One was also absent Friday, when the ordinance passed, and the other walked out of Friday’s meeting before the vote.
“Why is the council trying to keep this out of court? How do we know who’s right and who’s wrong?" Councilman Tony Genova asked before Friday’s vote. “That’s what the courts are for.”
Snyder, who vetoed the ordinance shortly before midnight, attended the session with a police officer recently put on part-time assignment to his office. He said nothing and left as soon as the vote was taken.
A court hearing is scheduled Monday on City Attorney Chris Roy’s attempt to fire Guy Humphries, hired
by the council as its special counsel — and then on a suit which Humphries filed for the council.
Roy said Friday that he plans to represent both Snyder and the council at the hearing before Judge Robert Jackson.
The council went to court after Snyder, who has been in office one month, refused to honor an agreement made under the previous administration to hook the city’s power system up with a coal-fired generator in Boyce.
The council won a temporary restraining order that Snyder stop using the city’s gas-powered generator and use the one in Boyce. Under former mayor Carroll linier, Alexandria and four other cities in the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority agreed to buy a 20 percent share of the plant.
Roy also accused the council Friday violating the state’s open meetings law by having the ordinance prepared before yesterday’s meeting.
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