Attorney General of New York

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New York Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $215,348,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New York Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Eric Schneiderman.jpg
Name:  Eric Schneiderman
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2010
Compensation:  $151,500
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of New York is the state's chief legal officer and heads the New York State Department of Law. In his role as the state's chief legal counsel, the attorney general not only advises the executive branch of state government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the state. The attorney general is elected in the midterm elections and serves four-year terms.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat first elected in 2010. Schneiderman won re-election in 2014.[2]


The New York Constitution addresses the office of attorney general in Article V, Officers and Civil Departments.

Under Article V, Section I:

The comptroller and attorney-general shall be chosen at the same general election as the governor and hold office for the same term, and shall possess the qualifications provided in section 2 of article IV...


Under state law, in order to be considered for the office of attorney general, a person must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of New York for at least five years next preceding the election


New York elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For New York, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all attorney general election years.



See also: New York Attorney General election, 2014
Attorney General of New York, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Schneiderman Incumbent 55.7% 2,069,956
     Republican John Cahill 41.4% 1,538,990
     Green Ramon Jimenez 2.2% 80,813
     Libertarian Carl Person 0.7% 24,746
Total Votes 3,714,505
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections.

Full History


New York state government organizational chart

As set out in Article V of the New York Constitution, vacancies in the office will be filled by the legislature.


The attorney general is the "People's Lawyer" and the state's chief legal officer. As such, the duties of the office include:[3]

  • Serving as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York, its organizations and its natural resources
  • Providing legal counsel to the executive branch of state government
  • Defending actions and proceedings on behalf of the state
  • Charged with the statutory and common law powers to protect consumers and investors, charitable donors, the public health and environment, civil rights and the rights of wage-earners and businesses across the state
  • Overseeing the activities and investigations of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit


The attorney general's legal functions are divided into five major divisions:

  • Appeals and Opinions
  • State Counsel
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Social Justice

State budget

See also: New York state budget and finances

The budget for the New York State Department of Law for the 2013 fiscal year was $215,348,000.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salary of the attorney general is determined by the New York State Legislature. Executive Law §60 of the New York State Consolidated Laws states the following:[5]

Text of Executive Law §60

There shall continue to be in the state government a department of law. The head of the department of law shall be the attorney-general who shall receive an annual salary of one hundred fifty-one thousand five hundred dollars.


In 2014, the attorney general was paid an estimated $151,500 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the attorney general was paid an estimated $151,500 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $151,500, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State Office Building
44 Hawley Street, 17th Floor
Binghamton, NY 13901-4433

Phone: 607-721-8771
Toll Free Phone: 800-788-9898
Fax: 607-721-8789

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