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New York's Broken Constitution
New York's Broken Constitution (December 2016)
The Governance Crisis and the Path to Renewed Greatness
Peter J. Galie - Editor
Christopher Bopst - Editor
Gerald Benjamin - Editor

Examines the significant gaps between what New York State’s constitution says and how the state is actually governed and offers ideas for reform.
On its face, New York State’s constitution is an elaborate and impressive aggregation of processes, powers, mandates, and limits. But many of these are “inoperative,” and New Yorkers who read the document and believe what it says will come away with a massive mi...(Read More)
 
 
Dancing with the Queen, Marching with King
Dancing with the Queen, Marching with King (September 2011)
The Memoirs of Alexander "Sam" Aldrich
Sam Aldrich - Author
Gerald Benjamin - Foreword by

A lively and entertaining memoir of a life in public service to the city and state of New York.

When he was twenty-five, Sam Aldrich danced with Queen Elizabeth II in London. By the time he was thirty-seven, he was marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Recounting the journey between and beyond those two points, and musing over the irony of the contrast they represent, is the subject of this remarkable an...(Read More)
 
 
Tales from the Sausage Factory
Tales from the Sausage Factory (September 2010)
Making Laws in New York State
Daniel L. Feldman - Author
Gerald Benjamin - Author

A former state legislator and a political scientist team up to show how New York’s legislature was once the nation’s model professional legislature, and how it might recover from its present level of dysfunction.

“Laws are like sausages,” Otto von Bismarck is said to have remarked. “It is better not to see them being made.” Even among sausage factories, New York State’...(Read More)
 
 
Decision 1997
Decision 1997 (March 1997)
Constitutional Change in New York
Gerald Benjamin - Editor
Henrik N. Dullea - Editor

Discusses why state constitutions matter, the structures and processes of governments, and the rights of citizens.

Few citizens know much about the constitution of their state. Some don't even know there is one. Yet state constitutions are basic instruments of our democracy. They structure state and local government and stipulate the rights of citizenship.

In New York State, as in others...(Read More)
 
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