Eric Schneiderman

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Eric Schneiderman
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New York Attorney General
Incumbent
Assumed office
2010
Current term ends
2014
Political party Democratic
Website Official New York Attorney General website
Eric Schneiderman (b. December 31, 1954) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing the 31st Senate District.

Schnedierman was District Leader of the 67th Assembly District from 1993 to 1999. He joined the New York State Senate in 1999 and has served in that position since. From 2003 to 2006 he was Deputy Democratic Leader. He is currently Senate Deputy Majority Leader for Policy, representing the 31st district.

On April 12, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat being vacated by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who is running for governor in November. [1]

Schneiderman earned his BA in English/Asian Studies from Amherst College in 1977. He then received his JD from Harvard School of Law in 1982.

Schneiderman was Deputy Sheriff for Berkshire County from 1977 to 1979. He was then a Law Clerk for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1982 to 1984. In 1987 he was a Statesman for Assembly Speaker Mel Miller. He has been Partner of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Limited Liability Partnership since 1984.

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. [2] 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." [3]

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." [4]

Electoral history

2008

On November 4, 2008 Eric Schneiderman won the election for New York State Senate, District 31 with 80,832 votes.

Schneiderman raised $253,940 for his campaign.[5]

New York State Senate, District 31 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Schneiderman (D) 80,832
Martin Chicon (R) 8,349
Stephen Bradian (CON) 662

2010

See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [6]
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 [7]
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

Campaign Donors

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Eric Schneiderman's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
George Soros $9,500
Melissa S. Soros $9,500
Robert Soros $9,500
Duffy Duffy & Burdo $8,500
New York State United Teachers $8,500

Committee assignments

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

Personal

Schneiderman is divorced and has one child.

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

External links

References


Political offices
Preceded by
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New York Senate - District 31
1999–2010
Succeeded by
Adriano Espaillat
Preceded by
Andrew Cuomo
New York Attorney General
2010–present
Succeeded by
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