From his days as a cub reporter in Long Beach to the pinnacle of New York State politics as the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Jerry Kremer tells all.
The sponsor of more than 250 state laws including the “Lemon Law,” Kremer shares formerly untold stories from deep within Albany politics as well as highlights from his lively encounters with the famous and not so famous, from Pope John Paul II to Phil Kohut, from Robert Kennedy to “Uncle Pete” De Sibio.
Kremer was elected to the State Assembly in 1966 as a Democrat and he served until 1998, representing the south shore of Long Island. He was reelected 12 times. As the chair of the powerful ways and means committee for a dozen years, he served in the Assembly’s leadership and authored dozens of bills that became law.
Now, Kremer has written a book that tells all about his years in the state capitol. Called, “Winning Albany: Untold stories about the famous and not so famous,” the book was released in October by New Idea Press.
“Albany has been a place of strong and sometimes unpredictable personalities,” Kremer says in the book’s forward. “I had the pleasure of serving the people of New York for 23 years and during that time a lot of interesting things happened. This book will give readers a window into the back rooms and offer a glimpse at the key players who were pulling the levers of power in the state capitol.”
Kremer gets into his family history and his time in Long Beach very quickly. By Chapter Three, he is writing his remembrances of “The City by the Sea,” its history and his experiences growing up there, including his first job at the age of 13 when he walked into the offices of the Long Beach Independent. He said that by 1949, at age 14, he got a paying job at the paper, earning $9 a week.