John V. Kenny
|John V. Kenny|
|32nd Mayor of Jersey City|
July 1, 1949 – December 15, 1953 (resigned)
|Preceded by||Frank H. Eggers|
|Succeeded by||Bernard J. Berry|
John Vincent Kenny|
April 6, 1893
Jersey City, New Jersey
June 2, 1975 (aged 82)|
Paramus, New Jersey
|Residence||Jersey City, New Jersey|
He was born on April 6, 1893. A former ward leader under longtime mayor Frank Hague, he broke with his mentor after Hague engineered the appointment of his nephew, Frank Hague Eggers, in 1947. Kenny put together a commission ticket that broke Hague's 32-year rule. Although he only served as mayor until 1953, he remained the real power in Jersey City and Hudson County for three decades. Known as the "Little Guy," Kenny put together a machine that grew as corrupt as Hague's machine, though nowhere as efficient in providing city and county services.
His rule was only broken in 1971, when he was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey and convicted, along with the then-mayor Thomas J. Whelan and former City Council president Thomas Flaherty, in federal court of conspiracy and extortion in a multimillion-dollar political kickback scheme on city and county contracts.
- "Kenny Keeps His Word, Resigns as Mayor; Hague Foe, in Ill Health for a Year, Held Office Since '49 -- Succeeded by Berry". The New York Times. December 16, 1953. p. 38.
- "Kenny Funeral Held With Few Politicians Attending". New York Times. June 6, 1975. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
John V. Kenny, the leader of Hudson County politics for more than 20 years, was buried here in Holy Name Cemetery today after a funeral mass sparsely attended by political figures.
- Maxine N. Lurie, ed. (2004). "John V. Kenny". Encyclopedia of New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. p. 438. ISBN 0-8135-3325-2.
- Grundy, J. Owen. Before 1949: Thirty Years War on Hagueism. Get NJ, 2003.
- Farmer, John (August 2, 2009). "Corruption ain't what it used to be in Hudson County". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
- Hanley, Robert (June 3, 1975). "Ex-Mayor John V. Kenny Of Jersey City Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
John V. Kenny, the former Mayor of Jersey City whose control of the Hudson County Democratic party crumbled after a flurry of Federal extortion charges in late 1970, died last evening of heart disease. He was 82 years old.
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