WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT MR. BAUMGARTEN In a recently published book entitled Ghosts of 42nd Street (William Morrow Publ. 2004) the author says:
“Founded in 1976 by Sidney Baumgarten, the Mayor’s Office of Midtown Enforcement brought a ferocity to Midtown smut-busting not seen since the heyday of Fiorello LaGuardia. On paper, Sid Baumgarten was a liberal of the sort that Richard Nixon loved to hate: a Jewish, Ivy League educated lawyer and clubhouse Democrat. But Baumgarten also happened to be an army combat veteran and National Rifle Association member who believed viscerally in the social primacy of law and order. Erudite and outwardly calm, he seethed with frustration over Times Square’s transformation into Sodom and Gomorroh.” “Calm, well-spoken, and broadly experienced.” - ( Hon. Samuel Tripp, late Special referee, and author of a seminal treatise on Motion Practice)
”It is most important for the morale of the people like myself to have people of his caliber serving our City.” (Alex Parker, former owner of One Times Square) “His keen intellect and firm grasp of the law are important, but it is really his temperament that make him most suited” - (Richard L. Geist)
“I have watched him function as an attorney, law secretary and a prosecutor, and his ability is exceptional” (Hon. George D. Marlow, Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Dept., (Retired).
“I’ve seen his rare and very precious combination of zeal, even- handedness, unflappability and, above all, honesty. I’m sure he’s made some enemies along the way, but that’s the measure of how well he’s done his job” - (Fred Papert, First President of 42nd St. Development Corp.)
“He has the ability to work with people across a broad spectrum of the economic scale. His clientele includes some of the most influential people in the business world as well as men and women much less fortunate” - (Edwin M. Charles Esq., Home Life Insurance Co.) “Mr. Baumgarten is without question the finest lawyer I know. His knowledge of the law, his appreciation of human rights, and his practical common sense are beyond question” - (Peter J. O’Connor, Late Assoc. Professor, Fordham Law)
“His ability and integrity are unquestionable” - (J. Irwin Shapiro, Late Justice, App. Div. 2nd Dept.)
“One of the great public servants of our City.” - (Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass, NYPD Chief Chaplain)