‘The Man Who Saved New York,’ Hugh Carey’s political biography

"The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975," by Seymour P. Lachman and Robert Polner, was published in July 2010 by the SUNY Press, Albany.

It was principally Carey’s leadership, Lachman and Polner argue in "The Man Who Saved New York," that helped rescue the city and state from the brink of financial and civic catastrophe in 1975.

"The authors recount how Carey’s determined and creative leadership brought New York back from the brink of civic and financial catastrophe," wrote gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo in a Labor Day op-ed essay published in the New York Daily News. "In the end, the state recovered through shared sacrifice and a balanced approach that did justice to the interests of both business and labor." (Read the complete essay.)

“This is the definitive account of New York’s fiscal crisis, of its hero Governor Hugh Carey, and of one of the most significant and absorbing episodes in the history of local and state government in this country," said Peter Goldmark, former New York State Budget Director, "plus, it is timely because New York and a handful of other states stand once more on the brink of bankruptcy.”

“Intellectually, academically, and politically, 'The Man Who Saved New York' couldn’t be more timely and vital for New York as the state slides toward its own rendezvous with insolvency,” says Giuliani biographer Fred Siegel.

“We would do well to learn from this account of New York’s fiscal crisis in the 1970s," says New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch.

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Wagner College Professor Seymour Lachman, former journalist Robert Polner, and New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch discussed the career of former Gov. Hugh L. Carey on New York 1's "Inside City Hall." The program aired on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Lachman and Polner are the co-authors of a new book about Carey, entitled "The Man Who Saved New York," recently published by the SUNY Press. Watch the program below:


On July 23, 2010, Seymour Lachman was interviewed by New York Post
state government editor Fred Dicker on Albany, N.Y. talk radio station WGDJ-AM.
The topic: "The Man Who Saved New York." Listen to the interview by clicking
on the radio icon to the left.


Later on July 23, Time-Warner Cable's YNN news channel broadcast an interview by political reporter Liz Benjamin with Seymour Lachman and Robert Polner, authors of a new political biography of former Gov. Hugh L. Carey, entitled "The Man Who Saved New York." The interview was aired on the program, "Capital Tonight." Watch it below:


On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, New York 1's "New York Times Close-Up" with Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts featured an interview with Wagner College Professor Seymour Lachman and NYU public affairs officer Robert Polner, co-authors of "The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975." Watch it here:


On Oct. 13, 2010, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer
interviewed Professor Lachman about
his Carey biography. Click on the radio
icon to download the interview.


In early November 2010, CUNY-TV’s “City Talk” current
affairs program aired a 30-minute interview with Seymour
Lachman and Robert Polner about "TMWSNY." Click on
the radio icon to download the audio track of this interview.


On Jan. 26, 2011, New York 1's "Inside City Hall" asked Seymour Lachman and Robert Polner to discuss their 2010 book, "The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975." The book had been hailed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a blueprint for how New York State could steer clear of rocky economic shoals in the wake of the Great Recession. Watch the interview below: