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Scrutiny Over Harassment Payout Shifts to State Offices

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The role the offices of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli played in a settlement payout has become the focus of attention as fall out continues from Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.  In June, Speaker Sheldon Silver approved a $103,080 settlement to two women who claimed Lopez sexually harassed them.

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NY State Senator Says She Expects to be Arrested

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley says she expects to be arrested Monday amid a continuing investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into state grants she provided nonprofit organizations.

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Waste Storage Becomes Issue in Indian Point Relicensing

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A federal regulatory body will consider the issue of nuclear waste storage before making a decision on whether Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, located north of the city, will get its licenses renewed.

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Says 'Nothing Unusual' About Cuomo Document Removal

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The state’s attorney general said there was “nothing unusual” about Governor Andrew Cuomo sending aides to the state archives to remove documents about his record as attorney general.

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Settlement Reached in LCD Price-Fixing Case

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Three Asia-based companies have agreed to pay $571 million to settle claims by officials in eight states that they conspired to inflate prices for liquid crystal display screens used in televisions and computer monitors, according to New York's attorney general.

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Pols Say New Law Will Help Curb Painkiller Abuse

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

State elected officials have struck a tentative deal to create a special prescription drug registry to cut down the growing illicit trade in painkillers.

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NY Authorities: Ring 'Stalked' Luxury Car Owners

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Law enforcers say luxury car owners in New York City were "stalked" by thieves who were filling orders for buyers in Africa.

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New Yorkers Bilked By Long Distance Phone Cards: Study

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

New Yorkers who use prepaid calling cards often get fewer minutes on the phone than they expected, according to a new study by Consumer Reports. They can also be hit with unexplained fees.

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Sprint Owes NY Big Money in Taxes: AG

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Sprint Nextel, one of the nation's largest wireless carriers, for failure to collect and pay state and local sales taxes over the past seven years, he announced Thursday.

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State to Create Bureau to Review Potential Wrongful Convictions

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The New York Attorney announced Wednesday that he is establishing a bureau to review potential wrongful convictions and streamline damage claims from those punished for crimes they didn't commit.

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NY Moves to Ban Sex Offenders From Gaming Platforms

Thursday, April 05, 2012

New York state is working with electronic gaming companies to kick more than 3,500 convicted sex offender accounts off popular video game platforms like Xbox and Playstation — which could potentially allow them to interact with children. 

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AG Schneiderman lines up support for Rx drug abuse prevention program

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is lining up support for his proposed legislation he says will help combat a crisis of prescription drug abuse here in New York.

The AG is on Long Island to further unveil details about his Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) legislation, which would establish an online database that would help track prescription drugs in real time.

A recent report by Schneiderman's office found that painkiller prescriptions increased by six million between 2007 and 2010.

"Long Island is at the center of the state’s prescription drug epidemic, and it’s time to take action before another tragedy strikes," Schneiderman said in a statement about today's press conference. “Inaction is not an option. The time is now to streamline communication between health care providers and pharmacists to better serve patients, stop prescription drug trafficking, and provide treatment to those who need help.”

Schneiderman was joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whom he narrowly beat in the Democratic primary back in 2010.

“The Attorney General’s I-STOP plan will help law enforcement and the medical community combat prescription drug abuse to prevent tragedies from happening in the future on Long Island and across the state. There is no good reason to deny doctors and pharmacists the ability to make controlled substance dispensing decisions on an immediate and real-time basis," Rice said in the statement.

The bills has been introduced into both the Assembly and State Senate.

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Let Linsanity reign! MSG, TWC reach deal -- pols react

Friday, February 17, 2012

Assemblywoman Grace Meng with Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin. (Courtesy of the Assemblywoman's office)

Govern Andrew Cuomo:

I applaud both Mr. Dolan and Mr. Britt and their companies. I thank them for being responsive to the needs of New Yorkers.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (a little more emphatic):

Our office has worked diligently with Time Warner Cable and MSG Networks over the last month to bring about a resolution to their dispute. We are pleased that both parties have reached an agreement that will finally allow Knicks, Rangers, and Sabres fans to enjoy the rest of this season’s games.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (showing considerably more spirit):

I want to thank the MSG-Network and Time Warner Cable for coming to a deal that will put the Knicks and the Rangers back on TV. Now, a million more New Yorkers will be able to go Linsane in the privacy of their own living room. I’m looking forward to watching the return of Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks and Henrik Lundqvist in goal for the Rangers.

Comptroller John Liu will, undoubtedly, be pleased.

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Christie struggles with gay marriage and an increasingly-popular Obama, while Cuomo brokers another compromise. Whose week looks better on a 2016 presidential résumé?

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AG Schneiderman reveals reform program for nonprofit world

Thursday, February 16, 2012

From WNYC's Ilya Marritz:

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the rules governing New York's nearly $200 billion a year nonprofit sector are outdated and overly burdensome, calling on Thursday for a a broad overhaul of the state's nonprofit laws, aimed at reducing paperwork and strengthening oversight.

"Millions of New Yorkers give their money, give their time, serve on boards, volunteer in not for profits," Schneiderman said at a breakfast hosted by Crain's New York Business at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown.

He said that although the sector has grown, oversight and support have not always kept up.

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NY AG Schneiderman Proposes Overhaul of Nonprofit Laws

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the rules governing New York's nearly $200 billion a year nonprofit sector are outdated and overly burdensome, calling on Thursday for a a broad overhaul of the state's nonprofit laws, aimed at reducing paperwork and strengthening oversight.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, February 10, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins us to explain how the $25 billion state and federal mortgage settlement he signed with other attorneys-general around the country will help New Yorkers facing foreclosure.

Democratic redistricting expert Todd Breitbart says the Senate’s redistricting lines are like Sirens, designed to lure your attention away from some of the more egregious issues within the plan.

Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium says the Governor has unequivocally stated there is a problem with how school aid is distributed around the state. What’s next?

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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AG Schneiderman Announces Mortgage Settlement

Thursday, February 09, 2012

By WNYC's Ilya Marritz

Courtesy of the Attorney General's office.

New York has joined a $25 billion state and federal settlement with five major banks that would resolve claims over "robo-signing" and other abuses of the foreclosure process.

The agreement will result in principal and interest rate reductions for millions of Americans — and as many as 118,000 residents of New York state — whose outstanding balances on their mortgages are worth more than their homes.

State and federal officials had been in talks with the major mortgage servicers for over a year, and there have been rumors for months that an agreement was close.

But until the last minute, it was unclear whether New York would join. In August, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left the negotiation table, claiming the draft agreement would have given banks broad immunity from prosecution on the origination and packaging of mortgages. Now the Schneiderman has given the settlement his enthusiastic support.

"For a year, the proposed settlement was simply inadequate,” Schneiderman said in a statement, “and I applaud all those who fought with us to hold banks accountable for their role in the foreclosure crisis, provide meaningful relief to New York’s struggling homeowners, and allow a full airing of the facts to ensure that abuses of this scale never happen again.”

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AG Eric Schneiderman Says Mortgage Settlement Means Relief for Troubled NY Borrowers

Thursday, February 09, 2012

New York has joined a $25 billion state and federal settlement with five major banks that would resolve claims over "robo-signing" and other abuses of the foreclosure process.

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AG Schneiderman sues banks over foreclosure practices

Friday, February 03, 2012

Courtesy of the Attorney General's office.

With WNYC's Ilya Marritz

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Friday against some of the nation’s largest banks, accusing them of initiating fraudulent foreclosures throughout the state.

The suit revolves around the electronic, national mortgage database created by the banks known as MERS.  The Attorney General said the legal paperwork filed through the system to foreclose on homeowners had “numerous defects” that included “misrepresentations of fact.”

“The banks created the MERS system as an end-run around the property recording system, to facilitate the rapid securitization and sale of mortgages,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Once the mortgages went sour, these same banks brought foreclosure proceedings en masse based on deceptive and fraudulent court submissions, seeking to take homes away from people with little regard for basic legal requirements or the rule of law.”

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