Prof. Eric Lane on The Albany Handshake

The Albany Handshake
Christopher Ketcham
Harper’s Magazine
May 2010


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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