|Attorney General of New York|
|January 1, 2011-Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Andrew Cuomo (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|New York State Senate District 31|
|New York State Senate District 30|
|Bachelor's||Amherst College (1977)|
|J.D.||Harvard School of Law (1982)|
|Birthday||December 31, 1954|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political Career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Personal
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
As Attorney General, Schneiderman is the state's highest ranking law enforcement officer and is responsible for representing New York and its citizens in legal matters. One of his first acts upon taking office was to launch the "Taxpayer Protection Bureau" to uncover fraud and return money stolen from taxpayers.
During his 2010 campaign, Schneiderman promised to review the NYPD's controversial Stop And Frisk program for fairness. He announced in April 2012 that a "working group" within his office was analyzing data from the program to determine if further investigation was necessary. While numerous lawsuits have been brought against the policy, Schneiderman has not been involved.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Schneiderman served as a member of the State Senate, representing the people of the 31st senate district from 2003 until 2010. He spent 15 years as an attorney in private practice.
An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper City and State ranked Schneiderman as number 11.
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.
- Bachelor's degree (in English/Asian studies), Amherst College (1977)
- Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard School of Law (1982)
Attorney General of New York (2011-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. 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 office in the general election on Tuesday, November 2 against Republican State Island District Attorney Dan Donovan.
Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act
On March 11, 2013, Schneiderman, together with twelve other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, a bill which would ban for-profit colleges from using federal funds for marketing and recruiting techniques. Sponsored by Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the chamber's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the law aims to “ensure that scarce federal education dollars will be used to serve and educate students rather than to finance advertising campaigns, recruitment operations, and aggressive marketing.” Consumer protection is one of the key duties assigned to the attorney general in each state.
According to the law's text, student enrollment at for-profit degree-issuing institutions such as the University of Phoenix more than doubled between 1998-2008, during which time the federal government--through student financial assistance programs--provided 86 percent of revenues to 15 reviewed publicly traded companies operating these for-profit colleges. A separate analysis of 15 such companies concluded that, on average, 28 percent of all expenditures were on advertising, marketing, and recruiting. Critics, including the attorneys general responsible for the letter advocating the bill's passage, contend that these expenditures are used to deceive consumers about program costs, graduation rates, or their employment potential beyond graduation. The bill seeks to restrict spending of this nature by higher education institutions or other postsecondary educational institution by prohibiting use of federal loans or grants in specific areas, and requiring that all such institutions whose revenues can be traced to federal educational assistance funds "report annually to the Secretary and to Congress the institution's expenditures on advertising, marketing, and recruiting."
In the letter, the attorneys general urged, “Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.” There are an estimated 3,000 for-profit schools nationwide, though neither the letter nor the bill cited the name of a specific institution.
Ponzi scheme settlement
In June 2012, Schneiderman announced the New York Attorney General's office had 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.” According to the attorney general, Merkin falsified quarterly reports and other financial documents 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," 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.
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.
New York State Senate (2003-2010)
Senator Schneiderman served on the following legislative committees during his tenure:
- Children and Families (Member)
- Codes (Chair)
- Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks, and Recreation (Member)
- Energy and Telecommunications (Member)
- Environmental Conservation (Member)
- Higher Education (Member)
- Judiciary (Member)
On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Schneiderman was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run car accident located in Manhattan. The Democratic state Sen. "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. 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."
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 "to the delay of a key budget vote."
- See also: New York attorney general election, 2014
Schneiderman ran for re-election as New York Attorney General in 2014. Schneiderman was unopposed for re-nomination in the Democratic primary on September 9. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|Attorney General of New York, 2014|
|Democratic||Eric Schneiderman Incumbent||55.7%||2,069,956|
|Election Results via New York State Board of Elections.|
- See also: New York Attorney General election, 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|
|Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary|
|Democratic Party||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%|
- Eric Schneiderman ran unopposed in this contest
|2008 Race for State Senate, District 31 - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Eric Schneiderman||90.0%|
|Republican Party||Martin Chicon||9.3%|
|Conservative Party||Stephen Bradian||0.7%|
Comprehensive donor information for Schneiderman is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Schneiderman raised a total of $12,252,910 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.
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. Click [show] for more information.
|Eric Schneiderman's Campaign Contributions|
Attorney General of New York
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,240,399 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||Friends of Eric Schneiderman||$959,313|
|Eric T Schneiderman||$652,000|
|Service Employees International Union||$55,900|
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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.
Contact InformationCapitol Address:
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
- Attorney General of New York
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- Former AG and current Gov. Andrew Cuomo
- Official New York Attorney General website
- New York Senate - State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31) page
- Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General Campaign website
- State Senate Campaign contributions: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Eric Schneiderman biography
- The New York Times, " 2010 General election results – New York," accessed July 30, 2013
- Eric Schneiderman, " About Eric," accessed July 30, 2013
- Huffington Post, "NYPD Stop And Frisk: State Attorney General Schneiderman Examining Controversial Program For Fairness," April 11, 2012
- New York Daily News, "NYPD's controversial 'Stop and Frisk' policy ruled unconstitutional," January 8, 2013
- CNN, "New York's stop-and-frisk policy now in the judge's hands," May 21, 2013
- New York Attorney General, " About the Attorney General," accessed July 30, 2013
- City and State, "Albany Power 100 List," April 23, 2013
- Eric Schneiderman, "RWDSU ENDORSES AG SCHNEIDERMAN’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN," May 28, 2014
- New York Post, "NY state Sen. Eric Schneiderman running for Attorney General" 12 April, 2010
- Wall Street Journal, "‘Sheriff’ Schneiderman Wins Attorney General Race" 3 Nov. 2010
- The Library of Congress, "Bill Text 113th Congress (2013-2014) S.528.IS," March 12, 2013
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- The Boston Globe, "Attorney generals to Congress: Don’t let for-profit colleges use federal grants and loans for advertising," March 17, 2013
- Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, "Letter to Congress," March 11, 2013
- Scarsdale Patch, "NY State gets $410 million in Madoff Ponzi scheme," June 25, 2012
- Associated Press, "Hedge fund manager to pay $405M to Madoff victims," June 24, 2012
- The New York Times, "Hedge Fund Manager Merkin to pay $405 million in Madoff settment," June 24, 2012
- New York State Senate - List of Standing Committees
- The Huffington Post, "Eric Schneiderman, NY State Senator, Involved In Alleged Hit-And-Run" 14 July, 2010
- Politics on the Hudson, "Eric Schneiderman and the fender bender" 14 July, 2010
- New York Post, "AG wannabes are 'hooky' monsters" 19 July, 2010
- New York State Board of Elections - 2010 Primary Election Results
- New York State Board of Elections - 2008 State Senate General Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Eric Schneiderman," accessed May 21, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
- The New York Daily News, "State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman loves yoga so much that he talks about it at work," April 18, 2012
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