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(December 5, 2006)

The Council's Robert Ward revises and expands his definitive textbook on New York State government

Robert Ward author of the authoritative text book on New York State government, has written a revised and updated edition that has been published by the Rockefeller Institute Press.

The book, New York State Government, has become the leading text on New York’s expansive and complicated government since it was first published in 2002.

The updated edition "comes at a propitious time," Richard P. Nathan, co-director of the Rockefeller Institute, writes in a foreword to the new book. "Eliot Spitzer's election as New York's 54th governor has produced high expectations about major policy and governmental reforms."

The second edition updates material throughout and adds five major chapters.New material in the book includes:

The book describes in detail the structure and operations of New York State government. The book outlines the powers and duties of the governor, the Legislature, state courts, and state agencies. It also analyzes the development and status of state policies in such areas as health care, education, transportation, economic development, labor, family assistance, public protection, and the environment.

The book also includes:

New York State Government is distributed by SUNY Press (1-800/666-2211). Copies can be ordered from www.rockinst.org. It is also available from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, and it will be offered at bookstores statewide.