|Photo by the Office of Jerry Nadler|
|65th Attorney General of New York|
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Andrew Cuomo|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 31st district
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Efrain Gonzalez|
|Succeeded by||Adriano Espaillat|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 30th district
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Franz Leichter|
|Succeeded by||David Paterson|
December 31, 1954 |
New York City, New York
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Cunningham (div.)|
|Residence||Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City|
|Alma mater||Amherst College (B.A.)
Harvard University (J.D.)
Eric T. Schneiderman (born December 31, 1954) is an American attorney and politician. He serves as the 65th and current New York Attorney General. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman served in the New York State Senate.
Early life, education, and early career
Schneiderman's career began when he served for two years as Deputy Sheriff in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He also clerked for two years within the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, subsequent to which he became a partner at the law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. As a public interest lawyer, Schneiderman served for over a decade as counsel to the West Side Crime Prevention program, and as lead counsel to the Straphangers Campaign's lawsuit against New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority.
New York Senate
Before being elected Attorney General, Schneiderman previously represented the 31st District in the New York State Senate. This comprises Manhattan's Upper West Side, as well as Morningside Heights, West Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill, in addition to part of Riverdale, The Bronx.
In the 1998 Democratic primary, Schneiderman, an anti-crime activist, defeated Daniel O'Donnell, a civil rights attorney, with 68% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Vincent McGowen with 82% of the vote. He won re-election in 2000 (84%), in 2002 (87%), in 2004 (89%), in 2006 (92%), and 2008 (90%).
Schneiderman is a former Chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. This post has served as a source of irritation to some of his colleagues within the Senate Republican leadership, prompting the redrawing of Senator Schneiderman's district in 2002 in order to include Washington Heights. This prompted former City Councilman Guillermo Linares - the first Dominican elected official within New York City - to run against him in the Democratic primary in an ultimately unsuccessful bid for office.
In October 2009, Schneiderman was selected to chair the special committee to investigate the conduct of former Senator Hiram Monserrate. The bipartisan committee unanimously recommended Monserrate's expulsion from the Senate.
Schneiderman was the chief sponsor of the Rockefeller Drug Law reforms, which were passed and signed into law in 2009. The reforms included moving away from long, mandatory minimum sentences, and allocating funds for alternatives to incarceration, treatment and reentry of prisoners into society. His other legislative activities include passing ethics reforms  to root out fraud against taxpayers.
Schneiderman was the Democratic Party nominee for New York Attorney General, defeating four other candidates in the Democratic Primary on September 14, 2010. He won the general election against Republican nominee and Richmond County district attorney Dan Donovan and took office on January 1, 2011.
In his first weeks in office, Attorney General Schneiderman launched a plan to root out fraud and return money illegally stolen from New York taxpayers at no additional cost to the state. This initiative includes a new "Taxpayer Protection Unit" specifically designed to go after corruption in state contracts, pension fund rip-offs, and large-scale tax cheats. Schneiderman has also bolstered the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by cracking down on fraud in the Medicaid program.
He was also instrumental in pushing for a tougher fraud settlement with large banks over illegal foreclosure practices. Along with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Schneiderman pushed to prevent the settlement from including immunity for the banks from further investigation and prosecution of other related illegal activities.
In August 2013, Schneiderman filed a $40 million civil lawsuit against Donald Trump for his "Trump University", alleging it to be an "unlicensed university" and calling it a "bait-and-switch scheme." Trump responded publicly calling Schneiderman a "political hack" and claimed that the school has a 98% approval rating among students.
In September 2013, Schneiderman announced a settlement with 19 companies to prevent astroturfing, buying fake online praise. "'Astroturfing' is the 21st century's version of false advertising, and prosecutors have many tools at their disposal to put an end to it," according to Scheiderman. The companies paid $350,000 to settle the matter, but the settlement opened the way for private suits as well. "Every state has some version of the statutes New York used,” according to lawyer Kelly H. Kolb. “What the New York attorney general has done is, perhaps, to have given private lawyers a road map to file suit.”
Reelection campaign 2014
Schneiderman is running for reelection in 2014. His major opponent is Republican John Cahill, who had been an environmental conservation commissioner for the state. In endorsing him the New York Times Editorial Board evaluated his performance.
- Schneiderman has done much in his four years as attorney general to hold the banks, financial institutions and the mortgage industry accountable for reckless actions that contributed to the financial crisis. He was a national leader in securing an estimated $60 billion in settlements designed to help homeowners caught in the 2008 meltdown. As attorney general he has pioneered efforts to stem the prescription drug epidemic by establishing a real-time database of prescriptions to stop patients from doctor shopping. He reached an accord with virtually all gun-show operators in the state to require background checks for all sales at gun shows. He has acted against employers who cheat workers by refusing to comply with wage and overtime laws. Over all, he has used the broad authorities of his office to advance public safety and to protect consumers and the environment.
In endorsing his opponent Cahill, The Post-Standard of Syracuse stated:
- Four years ago, this editorial board endorsed Democrat Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General largely based on the case he made for restoring public integrity in Albany. Four years later, his Republican opponent, John Cahill, makes the stronger case for cleaning up corruption, thanks to Schneiderman's bystander role in the collapse of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption....Schneiderman cites as his signature accomplishment the record, multi-billion-dollar settlements his office has reached with banks for activities that led to the 2008 financial crisis. This has raised his national profile. So have his efforts to get smartphone makers to install "kill switches" to deter theft and his attacks on the Internet businesses Uber and Airbnb. Schneiderman's relentless focus on going after corporate behavior he doesn't like has turned the attorney general's office into a profit center for state government. New York's cut has been about $4 billion so far. The Attorney General has control of $200 million of it. He's directing it to be spent on housing counseling, loan programs and land banks, including Syracuse's. The impulse may be laudable, but Cahill is right to question why that money is not being disbursed through a transparent public procurement process. And for all Schneiderman's efforts against Wall Street, he has not been able to prosecute any of the individuals who allegedly perpetrated the fraud.
- Official Biography on New York Office of the Attorney General website Retrieved August 31, 2011
-  by Jimmy Vielkind, New York Observer
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- The Eritorial Board, "New York’s Attorney General and Comptroller: The Times Recommends Re-electing Eric Schneiderman and Thomas DiNapoli," New York Times Oct. 22, 2014
- Editorial Board, "Editorial endorsement: John Cahill for New York Attorney General," Syracuse.com "Editorial endorsement: John Cahill for New York Attorney General" Oct. 21, 2014
- Official NY Attorney General Website
- Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General Official campaign website
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