Eric Schneiderman

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Eric Schneiderman
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Attorney General of New York
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$151,500
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Senate District 31
2003-2010
New York State Senate District 30
1999-2002
Education
Bachelor'sAmherst College (1977)
J.D.Harvard School of Law (1982)
Websites
Office website
Eric T. Schneiderman (born December 31, 1954 in New York City, New York) is the current Democratic Attorney General of New York. Prior to this, he served as a member of the State Senate, representing the people of the thirty-first senate district from 2003 until 2010.

Biography

Shortly after Schneiderman received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1977 he was named as Deputy Sheriff for Berkshire County, a position he maintained for two years. Upon graduating from Harvard law school, he was brought aboard as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York until 1984 when he became partner for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP. Three years later, he served as a statesman for Assembly Speaker Mel Miller. From 1993 until 1999, Schneiderman was elected to be district leader for the sixty-seventh assembly district.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree (in English/Asian studies), Amherst College (1977)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard School of Law (1982)

Political Career

Attorney General of New York (2010-present)

On Monday, April 12th, 2010, Schneiderman announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who, rather then seek re-election, chose to run for the state's governorship. [1] Five months later, Schneiderman fought off four other contenders to secure the party nomination and received slightly over thirty-four percent of the vote. Schneiderman would go on to win the state governmental position in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd against Republican State Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. [2]

Ponzi scheme settlement

In June 2012, Schneiderman announced that New York attorney general's office finalized a $410 million civil settlement with hedge-fund manager J. Ezra Merkin, whose collaboration with Bernard Madoff in his perpetration of one of history's most devastating Ponzi schemes led to almost $2 billion in losses for New York investors and charitable organizations. Schneiderman called the settlement, which stood to reimburse up to 40% of losses for eligible investors, "a victory for justice and accountability.”.[3] According to the attorney general, Merkin falsified quarterly reports and other financial documents[4] in order to deceive hundreds of investors into believing their money was safe in his control. In actuality, Merkin was rerouting clients' fortunes to Madoff, working primarily as his "middleman and marketer,"[3] and making hundreds of millions of dollars in management and incentive fees in the process. Two years prior to the settlement, the New York attorney general's office first brought charges against Merkin for violations of the Martin Act, "General Business Law § 352; and Executive Law § 63(12) for concealing Madoff’s control of the Merkin Funds and for breaches of his fiduciary duty to manage the funds prudently. The lawsuit sought damages, disgorgement of all fees by Merkin, and injunctive relief."[3]

Settlement negotiations concluded on Friday, June 22, 2012, with Merkin agreeing to pay $405 million over three years to compensate his investors, and an additional $5 million to the New York for general expenses incurred as a result of the investigation.[5]

New York State Senate (2003-2010)

Committee assignments

Senator Schneiderman served on the following legislative committees during his tenure:

Controversies

Hit-and-Run allegation

On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Schneiderman was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run car accident located in Manhattan. The Democratic state senator "was in a car driven by a staff member (Rachel Kagan, niece of United States Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan) when it hit a parked car Monday night and drove away," but not before an eyewitness recorded the license plate number of the vehicle. [7] The automobile, owned by an executive editor for NY1, a twenty-four hour cable-news television channel focusing on the five boroughs of New York City, sustained about $3,000 worth of damage in the fender bender. A spokesman for the state senator called the allegation of a hit-and-ran "outrageous" and said that Schneiderman "expressed his sincere apology, and offered to pay for all repairs." [8]

Truancy

Despite having a perfect attendance record in 2009, Schneiderman finished the next year's session with the second worst record in the state senate after missing six out of the eighty days the upper house was convened. His absence had a direct effect on at least two pieces of legislation - the first was on May 28 when his late arrival "delayed action on a measure needed to restore funding to state parks slated for closure" while the other on June 18 contributed "o the delay of a key budget vote." [9]

Elections

2010

See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Eric Schneiderman 34.4%
     Democratic Party Kathleen M. Rice 31.9%
     Democratic Party Sean Coffey 16.4%
     Democratic Party Richard Brodsky 9.9%
     Democratic Party Eric Dinallo 7.4%
Total Votes 661,296
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Eric Schneiderman 54.9%
     Republican Party Dan Donovan 43.7%
     Libertarian Party Carl E. Person 0.9%
     Independent Ramon Jimenez 0.5%
Total Votes 4,019,956

2008

  • Eric Schneiderman ran unopposed in this contest
2008 Race for State Senate, District 31 - General Election [12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Eric Schneiderman 90.0%
     Republican Party Martin Chicon 9.3%
     Conservative Party Stephen Bradian 0.7%
Total Votes 89,843

Campaign contributions

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Eric Schneiderman's donors each year.[13] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Schneiderman currently resides in New York City, New York. He is divorced and has a daughter, Catherine, from that relationship. The attorney general attends B’nai Jeshuran Synagogue and practices yoga regularly.[14]

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
New York

Office of Attorney General
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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Franz Leichter
New York Senate - District 30
1999–2002
Succeeded by
David Paterson
Preceded by
Efrain Gonzalez
New York Senate - District 31
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Adriano Espaillat
Preceded by
Andrew Cuomo
New York Attorney General
2010–present
Succeeded by
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