Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove tells WAMC he has been “vindicated” after a judge dismissed misconduct and perjury charges against the Republican this week. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, filed the charges over the DA’s handling of a deadly shooting by a Troy police officer. Abelove says he doesn’t know how the AG’s office will respond, but said the disgraced Schneiderman has his own legal troubles.

NY Attorney General Bararba Underwood posing with state Assemblywoman Christine Pelligrino as lawmakers lined up to get their picture taken with Underwood.
Karen DeWitt

The New York State Legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he still needs to consult with the other New York legislative leaders before he can set a date to vote on a replacement for former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to serve out the remainder of the term, which ends December 31.

NYS Assembly Begins Interviews For Interim AG

May 15, 2018

New York state Assembly members are interviewing candidates Tuesday for interim attorney general, following the resignation of Eric Schneiderman last week amid sexual abuse allegations. The appointment would run until the end of the year.

The New York State Assembly is set to interview potential replacements Tuesday for former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned May 8th in a domestic violence scandal. Governor Andrew Cuomo is also trying to put his stamp on the selection process.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York’s Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood are among 16 people state legislators plan to interview to take over as New York’s top law enforcement officer through the end of the year. 

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas
Nassau County District Attorney's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Speaker Carl Heastie
Carl Heastie/ Twitter

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced plans for an open interview process for the legislature to appoint a new state Attorney General, now that Eric Schneiderman has resigned over domestic violence allegations.  

Former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a press conference with women's group leaders on November 28, 2017
Karen DeWitt

Disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a long time champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser.

NY Governor Cuomo: No Rush To Appoint An Interim AG

May 8, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid out various paths to selecting the next state attorney general following the resignation of Democrat Eric Schneiderman amid allegations of abuse from four women. The allegations were revealed in a New Yorker magazine article Monday.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became New York’s Acting Attorney General on Tuesday, taking over for the disgraced Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after a New Yorker article detailed four women who accused him of numerous instances of physical violence. At the state Capitol, many were stunned at the rapid demise of the once popular Democratic Attorney General, and began maneuvering to name a successor.

Facing allegations that he assaulted four women, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will resign at the close of business today. The second-term Democrat announced that he would step down Monday night — just hours after The New Yorker published a piece outlining the graphic allegations. Lawmakers, who have the power to name a replacement to the office, have been meeting today at the capitol in Albany. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt says there was no indication that the former state Senator could be part of the #MeToo reckoning until last night.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Updated 9:05 a.m. May 8, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will resign after The New Yorker published a piece outlining graphic assault allegations from four women against the second-term Democrat. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie were among the prominent Democrats calling for Schneiderman to resign in the hours after The New Yorker published its story. 

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about arrests made within the Galway Police Department Tuesday.  The pair also discuss a pending lawsuit filed against the city of Schenectady.  The lawsuit was filed by the owner of a property demolished following a landslide in January.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Four members of the Galway, New York police force including Chief Leslie Klein have been arrested and charged with falsifying documents with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrests of Sergeant Mark LaViolette, Sergeant David Goodwin, and Schenectady County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Kirker. Schneiderman’s office says the felony charges come after a year-and-a-half investigation into the Saratoga County town’s police department, dubbed “Operation Training Day.” The officers are accused of falsely claiming that officers completed required trainings. 

Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

In mid-March, President Donald Trump told an audience in Detroit that he would roll back vehicle emissions standards established by President Barack Obama’s executive order on fuel mandates. This week Trump made good on his promise.

WAMC image by Dave Lucas

The fallout from a scathing report by the New York Attorney General into a Troy Police civilian shooting death and its aftermath continues.


The attorneys general for New York and Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in the latest multi-state effort to compel federal regulators to reduce smog blowing in from upwind states.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going to court to fight President Trump’s decision to end subsidies for low-income Americans who get their health care through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

A new poll finds that New Yorkers do not think Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down. And they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump.  

Operation Wrecking Ball Marks The Sixth Bust Since AG Announced Crackdown On Violent Drug Traffickers In Suburban And Upstate NY – Taking A Total Of 265 Dealers Off The Streets
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 19 people charged with conspiring to transport large amounts of narcotics from New York City to the Capital Region, for distribution purposes.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached a $540,000 settlement with a Virginia-based retailer and financing firm that fraudulently charged hundreds of military members.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the uncovering of a massive crime ring that targeted retail stores.

NY AG Updates Guidance For Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Mar 13, 2017
Matt Biddulph/Flickr

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has updated legal guidance for sanctuary jurisdictions. Two elected officials in the Hudson Valley say their cities welcome the update and have been using Schneiderman’s guidance.


New York’s Eric Schneiderman and 10 other attorneys general have sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders. The letter urges opposition to a bill that would eliminate states’ authority to protect waterways from ships’ polluted discharges, making it easier for non-native species to invade the Hudson River and Great Lakes.

In advance of expected changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities under President Donald Trump, advocates fear millions of people could be affected. Steps are being taken at state and local levels to stay fears of roundups and mass deportations.

NY AG Recommends Fix To Restrictive Voting Laws

Dec 6, 2016
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Karen DeWitt

New York's Attorney General has released a package of bills aimed at improving what he says is the state’s “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential voters from the ballot box.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, stood with civil rights advocates Thursday, denouncing a rash of alleged hate crimes and bias-related incidents that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a new report shows New York is taking an important step in combatting gun violence.