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November, 2013

LAST LOOK: Jerry Kremer | City & State

Former Assemblyman and President of Empire Government Strategies Jerry Kremer discusses his new book “Winning Albany” and talks about the need for state lawmakers to develop a long term energy policy in an interview with Morgan Pehme.

Kremer talks speakerships and the durability of Silver | Capital New York

Kremer talks speakerships and the durability of Silver | Capital New York

LBANY — In retrospect, Jerry Kremer said, he could have been elected speaker of the Assembly if only he’d accepted the support of Republicans.

The Long Islander recounts the 1986 race to succeed Stanley Fink as leader of the Democrat-dominated chamber in his new memoir, “Winning Albany: Untold Stories About the Famous And Not So Famous,” published by New Idea Press.

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Odd-year elections don’t get the respect they deserve | LIHerald.com

Odd-year elections don’t get the respect they deserve | LIHerald.com

Election Day is officially behind us, and absent any real close races followed by recounts, the serious contests are over. Even if the winners and losers are all but certain, these annual democratic events continue to be flawed and in need of correction. How flawed? Just take a serious look at the overall process, and you’ll come to the same conclusions.

Every one of my 13 contests for the State Assembly occurred in even years. In even years we elect either federal or state officials. In odd years we elect mostly local officials, and the difference in voter turnout is dramatic. In even-year elections, on average, anywhere from 55 to 68 percent of voters turn out. In odd years, like this one, it’s a struggle to get 36 percent to the polls.
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In D.C., foreign visitors wonder what’s happened to us | LIHerald.com

In D.C., foreign visitors wonder what’s happened to us | LIHerald.com

They say that travel is a broadening experience, and that when we leave our home base, there’s always something we can learn. A trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in my daughter Katherine’s college Parents Weekend gave me a few lessons in what the world thinks about the recent shutdown of the American government.
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