Former State Senator Seymour Lachman

Wednesday June 7: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Both an original account of a state legislature in urgent need of reform and a call to action for those who would fix it, Failed State draws on former New York State senator Seymour P. Lachman’s experiences both in and out of state government. He explores the secretive, top-down processes, exposing the darkened corners where the state assembly and state senate conduct the people's business and spend public money. Part memoir and part exposé, Failed State is a revision of and follow-up to his previous title Three Men in a Room. Expanding on events that have occurred in the years since the first book's publication, Failed State shows how this situation has evolved into widespread corruption. All chapters have been revised and expanded, new chapters have been added, and the final chapter charts a path to durable reform that would change state government into a model of transparent, more effective politics and governance.

Join us as former senator Seymour Lachman shares his stories and ideas for political reform.

This event is free to attend. You can reserve a copy of Failed State here. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will take place on the Strand's second floor, in the art department, at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Seymour Paul Lachman is a university professor, political historian, book author and politician. Lachman entered politics as a Democrat. He was a member of the New York City Board of Education from 1969 to 1974, and was President of the board from 1973 to 1974. He resigned from the board to spend more time teaching at City University of New York. Dr. Lachman was a Professor of History and Political Science at Kingsborough Community College of CUNY beginning in 1963, serving as Dean of the Mid-Brooklyn campus beginning in Fall 1965. In 1996, he was elected to the New York State Senate. He also served as Deputy Minority Whip from 2003 to 2004. Afterwards he taught at Adelphi University. In 2008, upon its foundation, he became the Director of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

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