Edward Morrison, Deputy Mayor Who Helped John Lennon, Dies at 85 | Modern Society of USA

Edward Morrison, Deputy Mayor Who Helped John Lennon, Dies at 85

Edward Morrison, Deputy Mayor Who Helped John Lennon, Dies at 85

The campaign proved successful. After Nixon’s resignation in 1974, the government relented, saying it no longer objected to Mr. Lennon’s presence in the United States. He was granted a green card in 1976 but was murdered, in 1980, before he could apply for citizenship.

Mr. Morrison was Lindsay’s liaison to the City Council and the Board of Estimate, the legislative body that voted on city contracts, franchises and zoning. (It was declared unconstitutional in 1989.)

In 1974, Mr. Morrison, a vice chairman of the New York State Liberal Party, was nominated for governor by the party. He was, however, just a stand-in: The Liberals endorsed Hugh L. Carey after Mr. Carey won the Democratic nomination.

Later, as chairman of the state Crime Victims Compensation Board, Mr. Morrison implemented legislation that took the profits from books and other income earned by convicted criminals and diverted the proceeds to their victims.

Edward Allen Morrison was born on April 9, 1933, in Brooklyn to Samuel and Sadie (Lansberg) Morrison. His father was a dentist and his mother an elementary-school teacher. The younger Mr. Morrison attended Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn College and Columbia Law School.

After leaving government, he practiced law in New York City and in the Hudson Valley before moving to Florida six years ago.

He married Elaine Morrison (who was no relation, but friends had introduced them because they had the same surname). She survives him, along with their sons, Dean, Russell, Andrew and William, and eight grandchildren. √

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