Eric Schneiderman Announces Campaign for Attorney General.
A press release from State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman:
AG Candidate Lands Widespread Support From Progressive Elected and Community Leaders
Reformer Vows to Fight for Equal, Independent and Progressive Justice for all New Yorkers
NEW YORK CITY - With widespread support from a broad and diverse coalition of progressive New Yorkers, State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman announced the downstate launch of his campaign to be the state’s next Attorney General. Schneiderman was joined today at a press conference by over 25 federal, state and city elected officials, Democratic Party leaders and a host of prominent community activists.
Sending a strong message that he is the candidate with the most momentum in the race, Schneiderman landed key endorsements from dozens of civic leaders, including Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Charles B. Rangel and José E. Serrano, Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson; New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler:
"Eric Schneiderman is a true reformer who won't be afraid to tackle corruption in government and in the private sector. My good friend Eric Schneiderman has spent his professional life preparing for this job. From his steadfast work within the criminal justice system to his outstanding performance as a lawyer in private practice to his roster of pro bono accomplishments and his ceaseless drive to reform our state government, Eric’s distinguished career in the service of justice has prepared him exceedingly well to be the people’s lawyer. Eric Schneiderman is by far the best qualified candidate to serve as New York's next Attorney General.”
U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano:
"Judge the character of an elected representative not just by their votes, but by where they invest their time. Eric Schneiderman's work has focused on issues that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to a government that truly represents all the people of New York. He has stood up for a census that accounts for everyone, a legal system that protects citizens and immigrants and an economy in which no one is left behind. I have no doubt that Eric Schneiderman will be a great Attorney General. This is an endorsement I am proud to make."
U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel:
“Eric Schneiderman has shown time and time again that he will stand up for what is right and put the people of New York first. Eric’s record of getting illegal guns off our streets, protecting our environment and fighting for working families makes him the best candidate for this important job. It is clear that Eric has the vision and experience to be an Attorney General who will protect the rights of all New Yorkers."
State Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson:
"Hard-working New Yorkers need a lawyer on their side. For years, no one has fought harder for everyday New Yorkers than Eric Schneiderman. And no one will be tougher in making sure that everyone -- big corporations, big banks and powerful politicians -- is subject to the same standard of justice. I am endorsing Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General because we can count on him to continue this office's great tradition of using the law to deliver justice for all."
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
"Eric Schneiderman's progressive values have been tested over and over again. Eric has championed causes because they were right, not just because they were popular. I am supporting Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General because he has always stood strong – for marriage equality, a woman's right to choose, protecting victims of domestic violence and countless other issues – when others looked another way. He's ready for this fight, and I'm ready to join him."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio:
"Endorsements don't win elections; coalitions that represent real New Yorkers win elections. And what we see here today is the first downstate wave of Eric Schneiderman's winning coalition for Attorney General. Eric's work, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight for the causes we share -- on behalf of subway riders and tenants, working families struggling to make ends meet and retirees -- will cause this coalition to swell in the coming weeks and months with New Yorkers from all over our state who care about good government, civil rights, workers rights and all the other issues we hold dear."
“I’m deeply honored to be picking up the support of so many of New York’s progressive elected and community leaders,” said Eric Schneiderman. “I am running for Attorney General because there is no higher calling than the pursuit of justice. Equal Justice regardless of race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation; Independent Justice without regard to political or special interest influence; and Progressive Justice that takes an activist approach to protecting everyday New Yorkers.”
With a lifelong record of fighting on behalf of the people for economic fairness, social justice, and reform of our state government, Eric Schneiderman has the guts, character and intelligence to lead the effort to restore the people's trust as New York's next Attorney General.
As a State Senator, Eric Schneiderman has advanced a bold, progressive agenda. He sponsored and passed groundbreaking ethics reforms, the repeal of the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws and, as founder and co-chair of the group Legislators Against Illegal Guns, Eric has led a national campaign for rational and effective gun laws.
Eric has fought for women’s reproductive freedom, passing the Clinic Access Bill and the Women’s Health and Wellness Act. He passed hate crimes legislation and fought adamantly for the right of same-sex couples to marry. Eric fought for New York’s hard working taxpayers by empowering, protecting and rewarding whistle-blowers who expose corruption in government programs.
As an attorney in private practice, Eric served as counsel for long list of advocacy and public interest organizations, including the West Side Crime Prevention Program, where he used innovative legal tools to evict drug dealers and clean up crack dens. Eric founded the Attorney General's Anti-Crime Advocates program and was a member of the board of the Lawyer's Committee on Violence, where he recruited and trained private attorneys to help community groups protect their neighborhoods from crime. And on behalf of transit riders, Eric served as lead attorney in a series of historic lawsuits against MTA abuses.
Supporters endorsing Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General today:
Congressman Jerry Nadler
Congressman Charles B. Rangel
Congressman José E. Serrano
Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson
State Senator Eric Adams
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson
State Senator Liz Krueger
State Senator Kevin Parker
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
State Senator José M. Serrano
State Senator Daniel Squadron
Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
Assemblymember Adriano Espaillat
Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio
NYC City Councilmember Gale Brewer
NYC City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera
NYC City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras
NYC City Councilmember Robert Jackson
NYC City Councilmember Oliver Koppell
NYC City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito
NYC City Councilmember Annabel Palma
NYC City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
Democratic National Committeemember Emily Giske
District Leader Curtis Arluck
District Leader Aneiry Batista
District Leader Bob Botfeld
District Leader Manny De Los Santos
District Leader Paula Diamond-Roman
District Leader Cynthia Doty
District Leader Gerald Kahn
District Leader Marc Landis
District Leader Mark Levine
District Leader Joan Paylo
District Leader Hector Ramirez
District Leader Tom Schuler
District Leader Cindy Warner
State Committee Member Arthur Greig
State Committee Member Larry Hirsch
State Committee Member Joan Serrano Laufer
State Committee Member and District Leader Maria Luna
State Committee Member Helen Morik
State Committee Member Arthur Schwartz
State Committee Member Ricardo Ureña
Dr. Rafael Lantigua