The three-term governor of New York draws on his own political experiences to create a model for restoring the American dream, citing real-world, politically workable suggestions for change. 25,000 first printing. Tour.
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An odd, self-serving mix--part New York handbook, part explanation of recent state initiatives, part future campaign manifesto--from New York's governor (Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, 1984). Cuomo may be much lauded for his rhetoric, but here occasional rhapsodies are subsumed in the bureaucratic discussion of what he calls ``the New York Idea: government using its resources to help create private sector growth,'' then requiring some of those who benefit to share with those less fortunate. Hardly original to New York. Cuomo goes on to skate lightly over such New York issues as immigration, multiculturalism, state lending programs, transportation, scientific research, and public higher education (he at once praises ``democratic access'' and plays down the impact of rising tuition at the state university). Section headings like ``Agriculture--One of Our Oldest and Most Valued Industries'' convey a cheerleading tone. As might be expected, Cuomo sometimes claims too much credit (such as for the Nehemiah project for low- cost housing in New York), but he sometimes plays down some of his administration's efforts, such as his massive prison construction program. His final section, expressing hope for the future, is followed by appendices with saccharine descriptions of New York regions (Long Island is ``alive with exciting attractions and activity'') and long lists of highlights and innovations from his reign. Perhaps Cuomo's future campaign committee will buy and distribute this book; it has little other purpose. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
New York governor Cuomo defines the "New York Idea" as "government using its resources to help create private sector growth, then requiring those who benefit from that growth to share some part of it so that hope and opportunity are extended to those who have not been as fortunate." Here he identifies the problems of the nation--with New York state being a perfect microcosm--in 35 essays covering such topics as "Freedom," "Work" and "Justice." On education Cuomo reminds us that the Japanese and Germans value education so highly that their students from kindergarten through high school put in four more years of classroom time; a lengthened school year should also be a high priority for Americans. The governor tackles New York bashers by reminding them of the ruthlessness of Reaganomics on his state's economy: since 1976 New York has paid some $150 billion in Federal taxes, more than has been apportioned back from the Federal government. Cuomo warns that the very complex problems of the society--poverty, joblessness, family violence, sexual abuse, addiction--are mutually destructive and have to be tackled on an individual basis. Thought-provoking and insightful, Cuomo's vision powerfully reminds us how we overcame the one-two punch of the Depression and war in the 20th century, and what we have to do if we are to thrive in the 21st century. Photos.
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