Buffalo NPR affiliate interviews Lachman

BUFFALO, N.Y. NPR NEWS AFFILIATE

JULY 7, 2009
FORMER SENATOR CALLS FOR A CHANGE IN ALBANY CULTURE
By MARK LEITNER

Seymour Lachman is a strong backer of reform in State Government. So too, he says, are a few members of the Senate and Assembly; but, he adds, they are not enough to affect any real change in the culture of Albany.

A Professor of Government at Wagner College on Staten Island, the former State Senator has written a book about Albany's controversial "3 Men in a Room."

Lachman considers Governor Paterson, a former State Senate colleague, to be a "decent person," but, as an appointed Governor, he lacks the statewide constituency needed to effectively pressure State Senators.

Lachman spoke with WNED's Mark Leitner about the month-long Senate leadership dispute.

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