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Prof. Eric Lane on The Albany Handshake

The Albany Handshake
Christopher Ketcham
Harper’s Magazine
May 2010

EXCERPT:

But they don’t do this. To begin to understand how Albany functions, or, rather, how the dysfunction in the legislature always serves a higher purpose, one must have a clear picture of the
“Albany Handshake.” This expression comes courtesy of Eric Lane, a professor at Hofstra Law School who spent six years as state-senate counsel to the Democrats in the 1980s and who, like Roosevelt (like a lot of people, it turns out), quit in disgust. Lane calls the handshake an integral part of “the political-cultural heritage of Albany.”

Read the full article at Harper’s Magazine.

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