“I’d rather be a lamppost in Harlem than a governor in Georgia.” 

Harlem crime boss Stephanie St Clair first made headway into New York gambling rackets by killing her abusive boyfriend in a brawl and going into business on her own. St Clair fought for years to keep the Mafia out of Harlem, and when longtime rival Dutch Schultz was fatally shot she took time to send him an insulting telegram on his deathbed. When crooked cops refused to honor her bribes St Clair exposed them to the press and City Hall, costing many their jobs.