New York Checking Charges of Bias Against Jews in Top Bank Jobs

New York City Finance Administrator Roy M. Goodman disclosed yesterday that he was investigating the possibility of bias by New York commercial banks against Jews after the American Jewish Committee had charged that there is a marked lack of Jews among the top management positions of those banks.

Speaking on a television program, Mr. Goodman said there was an “implication” that anti-Semitism is involved. But he stressed that the Committee’s report conceded that Jews may have shunned the banks because of greater financial opportunity elsewhere. Mr. Goodman said that, if it is proved that the commercial banks are discriminating against Jews, he would be “reluctant” to continue depositing in such institutions city revenues which amount to more than $100,000,000 daily in peak tax collection periods.

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