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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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Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:04 PM

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 | 6:36 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 | 8:39 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

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:00 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 | 9:00 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 | 12:05 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 | 8:50 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 | 10:26 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 | 4:45 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 | 9:41 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 | 12:41 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 | 12:41 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 | 8:49 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 | 8:21 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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Passover And Immigration

(38) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Each year, as we prepare for the celebration of Passover, I am reminded that the holiday offers some guidance to Jews on how to ethically address the modern question of American immigration.

In the story of Exodus, God commands the Israelites to remember: "You shall not oppress the stranger;...

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Why I'm A Democrat

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 11:07 AM

This week, the New York State Senate passed my environmental justice bill. That's the good news.

This legislation is very simple: it declares a policy of equal treatment of people of all races,...

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Radical Supreme Court Decision Creates Opportunity For Campaign Finance Reform In New York

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Today's Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC is a major victory for corporate fat cats and a catastrophe for the American people.

By opening the floodgates for the flow of unlimited corporate money into political campaigns, the Supreme Court's opinion undermines the integrity of our...

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Fighting For Marriage Equality In New York

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2009 | 9:12 AM


I delivered the following speech on the New York Senate floor on December 2 in support of marriage equality:

Thank you Madam President. Senator Diaz just said this is a...

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Reproductive Rights Are Not Negotiable

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 10:46 AM

The passage of a health care reform bill with a public option in the House ought to be cause for celebration, but an amendment added at the last minute eviscerating the reproductive rights of women casts a dark cloud over this historic victory. The Stupak-Pitts amendment represents the biggest...

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Ian's Law: Protecting Patients From Insurance Industry Abuses

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 12:59 PM

This week, I proudly introduced Ian's Law in the New York State Senate to protect patients from egregious insurance industry practices. Among other things, it makes it illegal for insurers to drop entire classes of insurance as a pretext to deny coverage to individual policyholders.

Here is a clip...

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