New York State Attorney General

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schneidermanEric T. Schneiderman

Protecting our rights

At a time when litigation brought by deep-pocketed, anti-worker, anti-public education radicals challenges the tenets of fairness and due process in New York state, the re-election of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is crucial to securing the careers of NYSUT members. NYSUT and the UFT have sought to intervene in two lawsuits challenging tenure in the state, but the suits target the state of New York, and Schneiderman will be the man who stands against them.

"Eric Schneiderman has defended public employees - including educators, firefighters and police officers - when their due process rights were attacked," said NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta. "He's a critical ally for NYSUT members and all public workers, and we're going to need him as we defend our hard-earned rights from privatizers and profiteers." Running for his second term as the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the state, Schneiderman says he believes there must be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.

Schneiderman has won national recognition for his fight against crime and corruption. 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.

He is running against John Cahill, a New York lawyer and political operative. Cahill is counsel at Chadbourne and Parke, a Manhattan law firm serving corporate, financial and insurance clients, and co-founder and CEO of the Pataki-Cahill Group, LLC, a business development firm founded with former Gov. George Pataki. From 2002 through 2006, Cahill served as the chief of staff to Gov. Pataki.

While Cahill has carried water for big finance, Schneiderman 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 U.S. history.

Schneiderman's record reveals a true friend of labor and working families. He has fought for justice for all workers, defending their right to a fair and decent wage for a full day's work. He has returned more than $16 million to more than 10,000 workers who were cheated out of pay by employers. Before becoming attorney general, Schneiderman was a leading reformer in the state Senate; before that he 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.

"If anything has become clear in the past four years, we've learned that we need more officials protecting the rights of working people, and fewer seeking to enrich the corporate coffers at the expense of the middle class," said Pallotta. "We need to support Eric Schneiderman."