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Eric T. Schneiderman
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New York Attorney General
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Democratic
Website Official New York Attorney General 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.


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

Political career

Schneiderman's first foray into New York State politics came shortly after he received his bachelor's degree when he was named as Deputy Sheriff for Berkshire County, a position he maintained for two years. Upon graduating from 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.

State Senate

Committee assignments

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

Attorney General

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. [2] Five months later, he fought off four other contenders to secure the party nomination and received slightly over thirty-four percent of the vote.


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. [3] 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." [4]


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." [5]

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Schneiderman raised $253,940 in 2008 for his state senatorial campaign. [6]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

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


According to Follow the Money, Schneiderman raised $1,187,701 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign. [7]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Eric T. Schneiderman $205,000
Irwin Schneiderman $77,000
James Ross $15,500
James Mai $15,500
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $15,500

Electoral history


  • Eric Schneiderman ran unopposed in this contest
2008 Race for State Senate, District 31 - General Election [8]
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


See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [9]
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 [10]
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

Family life

Schneiderman currently resides in New York City, New York. He is divorced and has a daughter, Catherine, from that relationship.

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


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