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There is a old saying that is falsely attributed to Winston Churchill It says If you are not a liberal when you are twenty-five you have no heart If you are not a conservative by the time you are thirty-five you have not brain I would revise it to say if you believe in New York State Government after you read Three Men in a Room then you were reading it up side downOn the face of it New York has a pretty standard Reprehensive democracy Like most states and the federal government it has two houses and a Executive Thanks to the Supreme Court Decision in 1961 Baker V Carr each of us are being represented fairly equally by our elected officials I say equally but I can not say fairly Author Seymour P Lachman tries to explain his personal frustration with the legislative process and inform us on how powerless your personal represntivie is It would appear that we have over the last century reformed for the better in New York legislators are granted a large staff to work on the needs of their constituents Representative are paid very well so they can dedicate their full attention to the job they were elected to do Each representative is should bring a mix of their constituents beliefs and their own to Albany and clash with the hearts and minds of those representing the rest of the state That clash is about finding common ground and expressing the wants and ideas of the people you represent In practice however there according to Lachman there is little representing and a lot of taking orders from political leadership There are two types of legislative bills that are created in Albany the ones created by the three leaders of Albany and the ones that have no hope of
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