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Seymour Lachman: A former insider observes Albany dysfunction

Former New York state Senator Seymour Lachman, director of Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, is much in demand for his insights into the way government works (and, sometimes, does NOT work!) in Albany and around the country. In the first clip, aired March 13, 2008, Lachman is asked to evaluate the political chances of David Paterson, the former lieutenant governor who had been named to succeed Gov. Elliot Spitzer after his resignation following the disclosure of a sex scandal involving a prostitution ring. In the second clip, aired July 10, 2009, Lachman offers his observations of the recent senate coup that had deadlocked the New York Legislature.

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