“Three Men in a Room: The Inside Story of Power and Betrayal in an American Statehouse,” by Seymour P. Lachman and Robert Polner, was the book that launched Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform. Published in September 2006, “Three Men in a Room” is an insider’s exposé of how one of the country’s largest and most powerful state governments — with the fourth-largest budget, behind only the federal government, California and Texas — has become a model of corrupt, inefficient and undemocratic governance. Lachman ran the New York City Board of Education and taught political science before being elected to the New York state senate. What he found when he arrived in Albany was a Potemkin village of government where legislators voted on bills they hadn’t read during legislative sessions they hadn’t attended. After four terms, Lachman left his safe senate seat in disgust and, with journalist Robert Polner, wrote this sharp, mordant and impassioned call for reform. CLICK HERE for more about “Three Men in a Room” on the book’s Amazon.com web page.
“The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975,” by Seymour P. Lachman and Robert Polner, is the latest product of Wagner College’s Carey Institute for Government Reform. It 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.
“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,” says 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.”
“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.
For more information,visit the “Man Who Saved New York” Web page.