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{{New York SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of [[New York]]''' is the chief legal officer of the State of [[New York]]. In his role as the state's chief legal counsel, the [[Attorney General|attorney general]] not only advises the executive branch of state government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the state.
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|Assumed office =  2010
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|Next election =[[New York attorney general election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of [[New York]]''' is the chief legal officer of the State of [[New York]]. In his role as the state's chief legal counsel, the [[Attorney General|attorney general]] not only advises the executive branch of state government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the state.
  
 
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==See also==
 
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*[[Andrew Cuomo|Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General of New York]]
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==External links==
 
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*[http://www.oag.state.ny.us/ ''Office of the New York Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.oag.state.ny.us/our_office.html ''About the office of New York Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.oag.state.ny.us/our_office.html About the office of New York Attorney General]
  
 
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Revision as of 15:24, 13 April 2013

New York Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
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
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other New York Executive Offices
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The Attorney General of New York is the chief legal officer of the State of New York. 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.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Eric Schneiderman (D). He was elected in 2010.

Authority

The state 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...

Qualifications

Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under New York State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • of the age of not less than thirty years
  • who shall have been five years next preceding the election a resident of this state.

Divisions

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

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

Elections

New York elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For New York, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all attorney general election years.

2006

2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [1]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew Cuomo (D) 53.5%
Mark Green (D) 32.4%
Sean Patrick Maloney (D) 9.3%
Charles G. King (D) 4.8%
Total votes 755,008
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election [2]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew Cuomo (D) 53.4%
Jeanine Pirro (R) 36.2%
Rachel Treichler (Green) 1.3%
Christopher B. Garvey (Libertarian) 0.6%
Martin Koppel (SW) 0.2%
Total votes 4,697,867

Vacancies

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

Duties

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 State Organized Crime Task Force and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Attorney General of New York was paid an estimated $151,500 according to the Council of State Governments.

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

See also

External links

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