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Eric Schneiderman (D)

John Cahill (R)

Ramon Jimenez (G)

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Schneiderman (D)

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Eric Schneiderman (D)


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Currently: NYS Attorney General (2011-present)

Previous Work: NYS Senate (D-31) (2003-2010); Chair, Democratic Senate Campaign Committee; Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart

Education: BA, Amherst College; JD, Harvard University


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Civil Rights

"[F]iled a legal challenge to the ... Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to compel the federal government to treat all New York State marriages equally"

Economy

Formed the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, in collaboration with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, to "[encourage] the cell phone industry to adopt technologies to deter ... violent incidents of smartphone theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold."

"[F]iled a lawsuit against HSBC Bank USA and HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) for failing to follow state law related to foreclosure actions, putting homeowners at greater risk of losing their homes" and plans to "[bring] similar actions against other mortgage lenders."

Filed charges against Barclays for misrepresentation of high-frequency traders, and falsification of marketing materials: ""While we'll never have a perfectly level playing field, the public must have confidence that predatory traders aren't being given an unfair advantage over regular investors." NYTimes 

Successfully prosecuted Quadriga Art LLC, a fundraising firm campaigning on behalf of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for retaining 90% of money raised for mailing costs, resulting in the formation of an audit committee and a new board as well as the cessation of misleading fundraising claims. Wall Street Journal 

Chairs the federal working group responsible for investigating the role of banks in the housing bubble. His office has directed that $90 million will go to "direct consumer relief to struggling consumers, which will include principal forgiveness on first and second mortgages, mortgage refinancing at lower interest rates and financial assistance for down payments and closing costs for first-time or returning home-buyers." Politics on the Hudson

Environment

Supports extensive governmental review and oversight of hydrofracking: "The court's decision to allow the state review of hydrofracking risks to continue is an important victory in our effort to ensure all New Yorkers have safe water to drink and a clean, healthy environment."  Democrat and Chronicle

"[S]ued federal regulators to force a health and environmental impact review of proposed gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin"

"[C]hallenged the Indian Point nuclear power plant's practices related to high-level radioactive waste storage, earthquake preparedness and fire safety"

Government Accountability

"[Expanded] his office's authority to investigate public corruption involving taxpayer funds by partnering with the state Comptroller."

"[L]aunched a new 'Taxpayer Protection Bureau' to root out fraud and return money illegally stolen from New York taxpayers at no additional cost to the state."

"[A]dopted new regulations requiring nonprofit groups, including 501(c)(4) 'social welfare' organizations that are registered with the state, to report the percentage of their expenditures that go to federal, state and local electioneering."

Health Care

"[P]roposed the 'Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act' ... [to create] a real-time, online database for doctors and pharmacists to report and track the prescribing and the dispensing of certain controlled substances."

"[B]olstered the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has ... recovered tens of millions of dollars."

Introduced the Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act—sponsored by Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins—that would require employers to notify employees in writing of changes to their health insurance plans' coverage of birth control 90 days prior
to the change, after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. Politics on the Hudson

Stated that he will enforce "buffer zone" laws designed to prevent harassment at abortion clinics in the state of New York, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCullen v. Coakley. Times Union

Policing and Criminal Justice

Advocates for improving information security via collaboration between industry and security experts. Enforced a 2005 law mandating that breached institutions notify the attorney general and affected individuals when private data—e.g. names, social security, driver's license—have been compromised. Crains New York 


Endorsements

Organizations: Village Independent Democrats; Bay Ridge Democrats; Tilden Democratic Club; Community Free Democrats; Three Parks Independent Democrats; United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500; New York State United Teachers; Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater NY; Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; Empire State Pride Agenda

Individuals: Mayor Paul Dyster, Niagara Falls; Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo; Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie County; Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County; Executive Mike Hein, Ulster County; Executive Ed Day, Rockland County

Cahill (R)

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John Cahill (R)

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Endorsements

Currently: Co-Founder and CEO, Pataki Cahill Group; Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLC

Previous Work: Chief of Staff, Former Governor George Pataki (2002-2006); Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (1997-2001); General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation; Partner, Plunkett & Jaffe

Education: BA, Fordham University; JD, Pace University; MA, Pace University


On the Issues

Economy

Plans to "avoid former Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer's 'sheriff of Wall Street' approach to regulating business. He acknowledged the special role the New York attorney general holds in supervising many aspects of the financial industry, but says the focus should be on creating a level and fair playing field. He will not shy away from taking on business when needed, he said, but will not pursue it for political purposes." Buffalo News

Supports "sharing economy" businesses Airbnb and Uber: "We need to protect the public, but in ways that allows new industries to develop. We have new technology, and our current regulations do not allow for them. So we need to change our regulatory strucure. There is a way to address things without first going to the courthouse." Observer

Education

Plans to "strictly interpret the state constitutional requirement to provide children with the best education possible. That means advocacy for all schools, he said, including charter schools and pushing for educational tax credits for private schools." Buffalo News

Stated that: "The attorney general is responsible for ensuring the civil rights of our citizens. And if the people believe, like I believe, that education is a civil right, I believe the attorney general has a responsibility to stand up for the children of this state."

  • "educational equity is not just about money. 'There's educational choice...There's curriculum in the classroom. Those are issues that need to be dealt with, whether it's in the C.F.E. litigation or oustdie of it. But we haven't had an attorney general speaking up on these issues.'"
  • Supports Common Core standards but stated that implementation needs to be reworked. Capital New York

Environment

Was responsible for "enhancing and protecting the State's vast natural resources and the successful implementation of the 1996 $1.75 billion Clean Water Air Bond Act" as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Government Accountability

Stated that the "Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption [which was both appointed and disbanded by Governor Cuomo] would never have been necessary if the attorney general seriously pursued violations of public integrity. ... It didn't change anything; it was an opportunity unfulfilled. ... We still have an underlying lack of confidence in government. That's where the attorney general should step in."1


Endorsements

Organizations: Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of the New York State Troopers

Individuals: Joe Lhota; Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli; Staten Island Borough President James Oddo

Jimenez (G)

 

Ramon Jimenez (G)

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Previous Work: Freedom Party Candidate, Attorney General (2010)

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Person (L)

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Carl Person (L)

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Education: LIU; Harvard Law School


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