Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, Eric has taken on the tough fights to protect New Yorkers—because he believes there must be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.
Eric has won national recognition for his fight against crime and corruption on behalf of everyday New Yorkers who work hard and play by the rules. He has locked up corrupt politicians who ripped off taxpayers, prosecuted companies that gouged victims of Superstorm Sandy, and led the national effort to take on some of the largest banks in the world for their reckless misconduct.
When the federal government cut funding for bulletproof vests for New York’s police officers, he stepped in and used funds he recovered from drug traffickers to pay for bulletproof vests for local police departments.
Eric has worked to provide relief for families hit hard by the housing crisis. He created the Homeowner Protection Program to help New Yorkers at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes, a program that has already served 28,000 New York families. He led the national effort that secured a $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase for their role in the collapse of the housing market—the largest settlement of its kind in US history.
Eric has fought for justice for all workers, defending their right to a fair and decent wage for a full day’s work. In just three years, he has returned over $16 million to more than 10,000 workers who were cheated out of pay by employers.
While taking down major drug trafficking rings across New York State, Eric also created the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program—a $5 million commitment to equip law enforcement agencies with naloxone, a life-saving antidote that can immediately stop a heroin overdose.
Before becoming Attorney General, Eric was praised as a leading reformer in the State Senate by numerous editorial pages and good government organizations. Among his many legislative accomplishments, Eric led the effort to reform the broken and outdated Rockefeller drug laws, and he cracked down on health insurance companies trying to deny coverage to vulnerable New Yorkers. He was the only Senator in modern history to chair a committee to expel a corrupt senator from the legislature, and he enacted the toughest law in the nation to root out fraud against taxpayers.
Eric previously served as a public interest lawyer, representing tenants trying to evict drug dealers from their buildings, women seeking access to health clinics, and taxpayers in historic lawsuits against the MTA. He also spent 15 years in private practice at the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart.
Eric graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982. He is the proud father of a daughter, Catherine.