Eric T. Schneiderman is the 65th Attorney General of New York State. He has aggressively fought to protect the rights of all New Yorkers, has prosecuted corrupt politicians, pursued companies that took advantage of victims of Hurricane Sandy, and won historic settlements from the large banks that led the country into recession. He created the Homeownership Protection Program to help New Yorkers at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes, a program that has already served more than 43,000 homeowners.
Mr. Schneiderman secured in excess of $20 million in restitution for more than 17,000 workers across New York since 2011. He ensured that New York police officers had the funds required to purchase bullet-proof vests, combated local drug-trafficking rings and created the Community Overdose Prevention program – a $5 million commitment to equip law enforcement agencies with a life-saving antidote that can immediately stop a heroin overdose.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Schneiderman led the effort to reform outdated drug laws, and cracked down on health insurance companies trying to deny coverage to vulnerable New Yorkers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schneiderman served as a public interest lawyer and also spent 15 years in private practice at the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart.
Mr. Schneiderman graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982.