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Irwin Schneiderman, Friend of New York Public Radio, Dies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Irwin Schneiderman, attorney, reproductive rights advocate, supporter of the arts and father of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman passed early Wednesday morning of complications from a stroke. He was 88-years-old.

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The Empire

Veterans Day sparks veteran-focused legislative actions

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Elected officials at every level in the state are pushing for better protections and opportunities for military veterans--recent and those who served awhile ago.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a program to help returning veterans find worker easier.

Military veterans are highly trained, often in specialized skills that are in great demand in the public and private sectors. However, veterans' training is often unacknowledged when they pursue licenses, degrees, and certifications in the civilian workforce. Through the Governor's "Experience Counts" campaign, state agencies will now identify ways that New York can better recognize the skills and training that veterans possess.

"As our veterans return home to New York, we must do everything within our power to ease their transition back into civilian life," Governor Cuomo said. "That is precisely what the 'Experience Counts' campaign and the newly revitalized Council on Returning Veterans and Their Families have been set up to accomplish. With this campaign, we can give veterans the credit they deserve for their military training and ensure that the state government works efficiently and effectively on their behalf."

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a "guide to provide veterans and active duty military personnel information related to benefits, consumer protections and other legal issues."

“To honor the brave men and women who selflessly serve our country, we must do everything we can to ensure military families are protected here at home,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “From foreclosure protection to educational benefits to employment issues, veterans and active duty military personnel deserve to know the rights and benefits to which they are entitled. My office will continue to fight for those who have fought for us.”

State Senator Tony Avella is introducing legislation to help veterans get preferential housing treatment.

Under the current law veterans who served in the Vietnam War are afforded specific eligibility into public housing projects at income levels slightly higher than the income levels set for the general public. Avella’s bill will extend those provisions to encompass veterans who have served or are serving in the armed forces from September 14, 2001 through December 31, 2014--reflecting the period from the Joint Resolution authorizing the use of force against those responsible for the September 11th terrorist attacks.

“Today, just as we did in the Vietnam War Era, we are seeing more and more of our soldiers returning home having served our country through lengthy deployments in hostile theatres with nowhere to live,” stated Avella. “Making sure that each one of these heroes is ensured preference when applying for public housing is the least we can do to prevent them from finding themselves in difficult situations. We should feel obliged to look out for those who selflessly risked everything to ensure our safety.”

City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin is putting forth a resolution caling on the Congress to do more victims of sexual assault inside the military.

Thousands of women in uniform have been victims of sexual assault and harassment during their military service. But women suffering from this condition, known as military sexual trauma (MST), face serious barriers to receiving medical benefits. Council Member Lappin, Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, is calling on Congress to pass a federal law that would make treatment more accessible to these victims.

“Thousands of veterans are carrying invisible battle scars,” Lappin said. “We need to provide them with the help they need, so they can begin the healing process.”

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The Empire

State's second highest court hears arguments in prisoner redistricting case

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit to overturn a law passed by the 2010 Democratic legislative majority that would count prison inmates in the communities they are from, instead of in the towns and counties where they're incarcerated.

The lawsuit was brought by six Senate Republicans--many of whom would be affected by the law--who are claiming, among other things, that the prisoners must be counted where the US Census counts them (in predominately upstate prisons).

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, as well as lawyers for NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Brennan Center for Justice, argued in favor of the law, saying that prisoners are counted back in their pre-incarceration communities for other official tallies and political districts should be no different. Dale Ho, the lawyer representing the NAACP LDF, said he felt confident the judge understood their perspective.

"The judge had some questions about whether or not it was rational to count prisoners as continuing residents in their home communities," Ho said. "The point that we tried to make clear to him--and I think he understood this--is that prisoners are treated as continuing residents of their home communities for virtually ever legal puprose."

That would include, Ho said, things like court jurisdiction in their cases or family law, as well as voting rights. "Some incarcerated individuals retain their voting rights," Ho noted. "They vote not at the address where the prison facility is located. They vote by absentee ballot in their home communities."

The Senate Republican attorney David Lewis was not available for comment, but Senate staffer, who had spoken with Lewis, said the judge, Eugene Devine, did indeed have questions for the defense, interrupting their explanations to ask clarifying questions. The Republican source said the senate plaintiffs were taking this as a good sign, suggesting the judge might have found the reasoning suspect.

Devine has 60 days to render a decision. In the meantime, the redistricting process continues. The Senate Republicans representative on the commission responsible for redistricting, Senator Michael Nozzolio, has said LATFOR will follow the law as it stands.

Brenda Wright, director for Demos--one of the groups supporting the law--said she hoped LATFOR will honor that pledge.

"We certainly hope the judge will issue a decision to dismiss the legal challenge that's been filed so the process can unfold as its intend to," Wright said. "We presume and we hope that LATFOR will complete the process of identifiying the home addresses [for prisoners] to the greatest extent possible."

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Schneiderman is our "Agressive Progressive," and He's Not Alone

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We have all seen principled political voices get drowned out. What makes this different isn't that he's more passionate or more savvy -- it's that he's not alone. A network of progressive organizations have seen that he's a politician they can believe in and they have added their energy, insights and mailing lists to the cause.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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WNYC News

New York AG Cracks Down on Fake Car Inspections

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accused four New York City motor vehicle inspectors of issuing more than 7,000 safety inspection certificates without testing the vehicles.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why is Eric Schneiderman Under Siege? He's Doing His Job

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's "unacceptable" is the notion that the AGs would create a settlement before they even investigated the extent of the criminal activity.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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WNYC News

NY Attorney General Schneiderman Pressured Not to Hold-Up Bank Settlement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Obama Administration fears that the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s probe of the nation’s biggest banks during the mortgage meltdown will hold up a national settlement that could bring billions of dollars of relief to homeowners, sources said.

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It's A Free Country ®

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Eight Months In

Thursday, August 04, 2011

This is a matter of restoring public confidence. People do not believe that there's one set of rules for everyone on Wall Street anymore, we have to restore that confidence for the markets to get going. And as you can see the housing markets are still paralyzed by the overhang from this disaster.

—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Blog

Stucknation: Schneiderman's Mission to Restore Faith in the American Mortgage

Friday, July 29, 2011

There are so many people who got bad deals - and are stuck with those bad deals - who are just seething with the sense that the bankers who put them in those bad deals are not stuck with the deal.

-AG Eric Scneiderman on his investigation into banks that created the mortgage crisis.

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The Empire

AG Schneiderman joins suit against DOMA

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

  (Courtesy of the Attorney General's office)

New York continues to be at the center of the national debate over same-sex marriages, after New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman filed a friend-of-the-court brief today arguing the unconstitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“The federal Defense of Marriage Act clearly violates the principle of equal justice under law as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and improperly intrudes on the traditional role of states in defining marriage,” Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement. “The State of New York has long recognized out-of-state, same-sex marriages and the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act further cements our state’s position on this critical civil rights issue My office will fight every day to defend the fundamental guarantee of equal protection under law for all New Yorkers.”

Schneiderman has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage rights, and will be defending the state senate Republican's vote to allow same-sex marriage in New York against a lawsuit filed New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms yesterday. Rev. Jason J. McGuire of NYCF said the AG's move today put him in an "interesting position."

"I think it does put the attorney general in the smack dab in the middle,” McGuire said.

Donna Lieberman, the New York Civil Liberties Union's executive director, called the move "significant" and a continuation of Schneiderman's work as a legislator and candidate for attorney general.

"The attorney general’s decision to weigh in on the DOMA case compliments the political leadership New York has taken enacting the Marriage Equality Act," Lieberman said. "It helps establish the popular support for marriage equality and helps change the conversation."

Specifics from the attorney general's office on today's filing:

Schneiderman filed the papers in federal court in support of the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in the case of Windsor v. United States. The plaintiff, Edie Windsor, was married in Canada in 2007 to her partner, Thea Spyer, who died two years later.

Following Spyer’s death, the federal government refused to acknowledge the couple’s marriage under DOMA and taxed the resulting inheritance accordingly. Windsor then filed suit, challenging the constitutionality of DOMA and seeking a refund of the estate taxes she was forced to pay as a result of the federal government’s refusal to recognize her marriage.

In the amicus curiae brief, Schneiderman argues that in redefining the term marriage, Section 3 of DOMA violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, and must therefore be invalidated. He goes on to argue that the statute is an improper intrusion on the traditional role of states in defining marriage; that it discriminates based on sex and sexual orientation and therefore must be subjected to heightened scrutiny; and that DOMA fails any level of scrutiny because it does not advance any legitimate federal interest.

Disclosure: Schneiderman’s father, Irwin Schneiderman, is a member of the WNYC Board of Trustees and has been a long-time donor to the station.

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WNYC News

AG Schneiderman Joins Defense of Marriage Act Court Challenge

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined the court challenge against the Defense of Marriage Act — known as DOMA — that denies married gay couples federal benefits.

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WNYC News

Suit: Feds Failed to Study Fracking Effects in Delaware

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued several federal agencies alleging they have ignored their legal obligation to study the possible environmental consequences of natural gas drilling in the watershed of the Delaware River.

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It's A Free Country ®

Where Prisoners Get Counted as Citizens and Why it Matters

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Justice Department just approved New York's right to count prisoners in their home districts, rather than in their county of incarceration. How will that change the state legislative map in a year when redistricting reform already has blood boiling in Albany?

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It's A Free Country ®

New York vs. Banks?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It was not something that one or two banks was doing, so I think you're going to find that the probe will probably expand to all firms that were large in the area of securitizing mortgage loans and selling them to investors...If prosecutors have been holding back on bringing charges, some of these lawsuits and the discovery and material coming out in them can be very helpful in making a case.

Gretchen Morgenson, business writer for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Major Wall Street Banks Subpoenaed

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's been four years since the financial crisis submerged the U.S. into a deep recession, that its still trying to recover from, yet many wonder, why no major cases have been brought against any of the banks that were culprits in the collapse. That may all change. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed three major Wall Street banks. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, has the latest.

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WQXR Features

Syracuse Symphony Dissolves, Attorney General Schneiderman Seeks Inquiry

Monday, April 04, 2011

In the latest sign of an already turbulent year for American orchestras, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra has dissolved. The musicians of the ensemble took their final bow together on Saturday night.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Schneiderman Holdout on AG Mortgage Campaign

Monday, March 28, 2011

You don’t get people from all 50 states to agree very often, and getting all 50 state Attorneys General to agree would seem almost impossible. Yet that’s the goal of Iowa’s AG Tom Miller, who is spearheading the national effort to find a settlement with major banks and mortgage servicers over the recent foreclosure fraud crisis.

One cannot imagine Miller’s job is an easy one. New Yorkers, and all Americans concerned about the abuses in the mortgage industry, can thank our own Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for making this task a little tougher.

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WNYC News

AG Schneiderman Calls on Feds to Review Risks at Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Add the state's top law enforcement officer to the list of elected officials voicing concerns over the safety of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in upstate New York.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Local Politics of Closing Nuclear Power Plants

Monday, March 14, 2011

While nuclear power has enjoyed a resurgence of bipartisan support in Washington — like in this 2009 op-ed from Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) — the local politics around nuclear energy have remained charged. In both New Jersey and New York, leaders have been looking for exit plans for their decades-old nuclear plants.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Hedge Funds Under the Microscope

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Jury selection began today in the biggest insider trading case in U.S. history. We'll talk about hedge funds under the microscope.

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