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
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New York Constitution, Article V, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Eric Schneiderman
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2010
Compensation:  $151,500
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of New York is the chief legal officer of the State of New York and heads the 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.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Eric Schneiderman (D). He was elected in 2010.[1]

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.

Elections

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.

Results

2014

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.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Eric Schneiderman won election to the office of New York Attorney General. He defeated Dan Donovan (R), Carl Person (L) and Ramon Jimenez (Frdm) in the general election.

New York Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Schneiderman 55.8% 2,477,438
     Republican Dan Donovan 43% 1,909,525
     Libertarian Carl Person 0.8% 36,488
     FDM Ramon Jimenez 0.4% 18,028
Total Votes 4,441,479
Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections

2006

On November 7, 2006, Andrew Cuomo won election to the office of New York Attorney General. He defeated Jeanine Pirro (R), Rachel Treichler (G), Christopher B. Garvey (L) and Martin Koppel (SW) in the general election.

New York Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo 58.3% 2,509,311
     Republican Jeanine Pirro 39.3% 1,692,580
     Green Rachel Treichler 1.4% 61,849
     Libertarian Christopher B. Garvey 0.7% 29,413
     Socialist Workers Martin Koppel 0.2% 10,197
Total Votes 4,303,350
Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections

2002

On November 5, 2002, Eliot Spitzer won re-election to the office of New York Attorney General. He defeated Dora Irizarry (R), John J. Broderick (RTL), Mary Jo Long (G) and Daniel A. Conti, Jr. (L) in the general election.

New York Attorney General, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEliot Spitzer Incumbent 66.4% 2,744,302
     Republican Dora Irizarry 29.9% 1,234,899
     Right to Life John J. Broderick 1.9% 78,268
     Green Mary Jo Long 1.2% 50,755
     Libertarian Daniel A. Conti, Jr. 0.6% 23,213
Total Votes 4,131,437
Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections

Vacancies

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.

Duties

The Attorney General is the "People's Lawyer" and the State's chief legal officer. As such, the duties of the office include:[2]

  • 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

Divisions

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

The budget for the Department of Law for the 2013 fiscal year was $215,348,000.[3]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $151,500, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

2013

In 2013, the Attorney General of New York was paid an estimated $151,500. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2012

In 2012, the Attorney General of New York 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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