Letitia James

Attorney General of New York

Letitia "Tish" James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.

In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York and became the first woman of color to hold citywide office. As Public Advocate, Ms. James served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change.

Her office handled over 32,000 constituent complaints and passed more legislation than all previous Public Advocates combined, including a groundbreaking law that banned questions about salary history from the employment process to address the pervasive gender wage gap. Ms. James successfully took on the gun industry by pushing New York City’s largest pension fund to divest from gun and ammunition retailers. She fought in court on behalf of children and families on issues including children in foster care, children with disabilities, and tenant protection. New Yorkers overwhelmingly elected Tish James to a second term as Public Advocate in November 2017.

Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years. As a Council Member, she passed the Safe Housing Act, legislation that forced landlords to improve living conditions for tenants in New York City’s worst buildings. She helped uncover the corruption behind the Office of Payroll Administration’s CityTime contract, a scheme that cost New York City over $600 million. She also pushed through a revolutionary recycling package that included expanding plastic recycling, a new clothing and textile recycling program, and increased access to recycling in public spaces.

Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She resolved hundreds of consumer complaints and investigated predatory lenders who preyed on first-time homebuyers. She assisted the Civil Rights Bureau in its investigation of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and cracked down on firms engaged in deceptive business practices including violations of human rights, environmental laws, and scams targeting immigrants.

Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. A proud Brooklynite, she is a graduate of Lehman College and Howard University School of Law.

Letitia James appears in the following:

Attorney General James on Stopping Scams, Price-Gouging and More

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The New York Attorney General tackles price-gouging issues and anti-Asian sentiments as a result of COVID-19.

Trump Wants to Make Travel Harder for New Yorkers

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

State Attorney General Letitia James flies suit against administration policy barring New Yorkers from expedited travel programs.

AG Letitia James: 17 Lawsuits and Counting

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A bevy of lawsuits!

AG Letitia James on the SCOTUS 2020 Census Arguments

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"I hope that the court recognizes that this should be a non-partisan issue," says AG Letitia James.

AG Letitia James on State of Emergency and Census Lawsuits

Friday, February 22, 2019

Newly elected New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, talks her work so far as New York's attorney general.

Primarily New York: Letitia James for NY Attorney General

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, talks about her bid for the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general in the primary election on September 13th.

The Other Charter Review Commission

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gale Brewer and Letitia James talk about their proposal for a charter review commission.


Ask the Public Advocate

Friday, December 30, 2016

Public Advocate Letitia James joins to talk about the year ahead for New York City and takes calls from listeners.

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Gender Wage Gap Persists in New York City

Friday, August 05, 2016

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James says women of color and older women are especially affected.


Trump's Call for Abortion 'Punishment' and a Likely Brokered Convention

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trump recently recanted his comment that women who get abortions deserve "some form of punishment." Hear more - plus, what would happen if the Republicans faced a "brokered" convention?

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A Plea for the Garner Grand Jury Records

Friday, January 30, 2015

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James will go to court next week to argue that the minutes from the Eric Garner grand jury case should be released. She reports on how it went.

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An Alternative to Grand Juries?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Few details have been released about the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings. Public advocate Tish James and attorney Gloria Browne-Marshall discuss secrecy.

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Holding New York's Worst Landlords - And More - Accountable

Monday, October 13, 2014

Letitia James reviews her list of New York City's worst landlords and how to hold them accountable.

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Checking in with the Public Advocate

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, discusses her first 100 days in office. She sees the deal to save LICH as her biggest accomplishment thus far.

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Tish James: This Isn't About Charters, It's About Co-Location

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Though she insists that she "believes in school choice," New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is pushing a lawsuit to block the co-location of 36 charter schools approved by Mayor de Blasio.

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Meet Public Advocate Tish James

Friday, January 31, 2014

Letitia James, new New York City Public Advocate , discusses her goals for the office and the news of the day, including the de Blasio administrations's decision to drop a stop-and-frisk ruling appeal.

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Meet the Candidates: NYC Public Advocate

Monday, August 26, 2013

Daniel Squadron, NYS Senator, Reshma Saujani, former Deputy Public Advocate, Cathy Guerriero, Staten Islander who teaches at Columbia Teachers College and NYU Steinhardt School of Edu...

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Revised Living Wage Bill

Friday, January 20, 2012

Letitia James, City Council Member from District 35 in Brooklyn, discusses the living wage bill, paid sick leave and other City Council issues. 

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Crown Heights, 20 Years After The Riots

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's been twenty years since Crown Heights erupted into race-fueled riots. Rabbi Robert Kaplan, director of Cause-NY, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and Letitia James, City Council member from District 35 in Brooklyn, discuss the legacy of the riots and how the neighborhood has changed.

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The Terms

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New York City Council Member Letitia James (Brooklyn's 35th district) will argue against the Bloomberg plan to extend term limits, Council Member Oliver Koppell (the Bronx’s 11th district) will argue in favor, and Council Member Gale Brewer (Manhattan's 6th district) will offer a third ...

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