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Eric T. Schneiderman has served as the 65th Attorney General of New York since 2010. As Attorney General, he is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State.

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Ending the Crisis of Confidence in Our Criminal Justice System

(11) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:37 AM

When President Obama visited a federal prison in Oklahoma last week, he highlighted one of our nation's most urgent moral issues -- the inequitable and ineffective state of our criminal justice system.

In a system that disproportionately harms poor people and people of color, too many Americans have lost faith...

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50 Years After Selma, The Fight for Voting Rights Continues

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:00 AM

On March 7, 1965, more than 600 civil rights demonstrators attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. It was the first day of a planned 54-mile march to the state capitol in Montgomery to protest discriminatory voting restrictions against African Americans.

On what would become known...

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Following the Garner Case, We Need to Restore Confidence in Our Justice System Now

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 6:00 AM

For the last week, demonstrators across the country have used Eric Garner's last words as a rallying cry for reform. Night after night, in city after city, demonstrators took to the streets chanting "I can't breathe" and "it stops here."

As powerful as those words are, the words most...

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Spot the Scammers, Save Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Every day struggling New Yorkers who are behind on their mortgages -- facing foreclosure, and desperate to keep their heads above water -- are bombarded with TV and radio ads promising lower interest rates or a reduction in their mortgage principal if they "call now!" Too many New Yorkers who...

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It's Time for Action on Climate Change

(11) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:05 AM

This week in New York City, the UN Climate Summit will bring heads of state, business community leaders and activists together to push for action to protect our planet from climate change.

While the need for a response is urgent and felt every day in communities across the country, our...

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On Climate and the Environment, New York Is Leading Where Washington Fails

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Late last month, a stalled weather front dumped more than 13.5 inches of rain in a few hours on Long Island, flooding over 1,000 homes and businesses, opening massive sinkholes, and forcing hundreds to evacuate. That's almost as much rain as Long Island typically gets in an entire summer.

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Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:04 AM

The historic settlement signed yesterday with Bank of America is welcome news for New York families still struggling to recover from the mortgage crisis. B of A, one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders, will pay a record $16.65 billion for its reckless misconduct -- and $800 million...

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Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

(24) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:36 PM

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll...

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The Right Way to Be Tough and Smart on Crime

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to the New York State Association of Police Benevolent Associations. Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer. PBAs are a vital voice defending the people who defend our...

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Passing the Zombie Kill Bill Is a No-Brainer

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Earlier this year, I proposed legislation that would combat a wave of zombies plaguing too many communities across our New York State. From the Bronx to Buffalo, cities and towns in New York have been plagued by what are commonly called zombie properties. These are homes that residents abandon --...

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Fighting for Justice for All New Yorkers

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Since taking office as attorney general nearly four years ago, I have made it my priority to ensure that the law applies equally to everyone, not just the rich and powerful.

That is the definition of equal justice under law: everyone gets a fair shot, everyone pays their fair...

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Fighting Wage Theft in the Fast Food Industry

(231) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:05 AM

On Thursday, fast-food workers around the world will stage an unprecedented protest for fair wages. They will be speaking out against income inequality -- and the world would do well to listen.

Income inequality is one of the most destructive forces in the United States today. Minimum-wage workers devastated by...

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E-Day in New York

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:50 PM

Just days after Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers are now preparing to head to the polls. Tens of thousands of voters are still suffering in the aftermath of the storm. Nonetheless, exercising the right to vote is essential to our democracy. My office is committed to tearing down unlawful barriers to...

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Honoring Labor Day By Rooting Out Wage Theft

(51) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Imagine a restaurant dishwasher who is robbed on payday while riding the bus home. A pickpocket steals all of his wages, leaving him with nothing to show for a week of hard work. If the thief were caught, he or she would be arrested and would surely face criminal charges....

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La inversión en asesoria legal salva hogares

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Los dueños de vivienda latinos y afroamericanos han sido duramente golpeados por la crisis hipotecaria. Según las estadísticas más recientes disponibles, tienen 175% más probabilidades que la población general de los propietarios de verse envueltos en un embargo hipotecario. El costo económico es enorme. En promedio en todo el estado,...

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Protecting Democracy in the Wake of Citizens United

(32) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:41 AM

Nothing less than the integrity of our democracy is at stake.

That's why New York is leading a bipartisan coalition of twenty-two states and the District of Columbia in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold state restrictions on corporate campaign spending in the wake of Citizens United,...

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Earth Day Every Day

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 1:41 PM

Last year during the campaign, I vowed to be the greenest Attorney General New York State has ever had. As we commemorate Earth Day, I'm proud to report our progress in reaching that goal, and reaffirm our shared commitment to protecting New York's environmental resources.

As part of this obligation,...

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 100 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 1:41 PM

One hundred years ago today a devastating fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. The fire spread with shocking speed through the overcrowded and poorly ventilated building and 146 workers, mostly young women, lost their lives. A century later, this tragedy stands as...

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Protect Public Safety With Microstamping

(15) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 9:49 AM

This post was written with John Feinblatt, New York City's Criminal Justice Coordinator:

There is no greater responsibility for our State and City governments than protecting public safety.

As policy makers, we...

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Equal, Progressive and Independent Justice for All: Why I Want to Serve as New York's Next Attorney General

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 9:21 AM

I am running for Attorney General because I believe there is no higher calling than the pursuit of justice.

  • Equal justice regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identity.
  • Independent justice without regard to political or special interests.
  • And progressive justice that takes an...
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