The Obama administration wants to reach a broad settlement with some of the nation’s banks over some sketchy foreclosure practices they have allegedly engaged in during the past few years. But New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is resisting pressure from Washington to sign on to the proposed settlement. He and several colleagues argue that the settlement would make it more difficult for them to prosecute banks suspected of wrongdoing.
Mr. Schneiderman’s position is admirable. If he believes the settlement is not in the best interests of New York consumers, he should continue to resist.
Is there any greater indignity than seeing Wayne Barrett’s byline at the Daily Beast?
Yes. It is hearing about his assignments from Tina Brown–the magazine editor of our lifetime, as he calls her–in this incredible NY1 profile that we have no idea how to embed.
“The first assignment I got was to do Read More
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reiterating his call for an environmental study of hydrofracking after an equipment failure at a Pennsylvania well sent thousands of gallons of chemically-treated water into the surrounding area, and caused the operator to suspend the practice while it investigates what went wrong.
“The events unfolding in Read More
In June of last year, before he began positioning himself as the most rabid Birther candidate for president on the Republican right, developer and casino operator Donald Trump gave $25,000 to the campaign of Kathleen Rice, the Democratic DA of Nassau County, who was the early front-runner to replace Andrew Cuomo as New York state Read More
Libya: Obama’s speech in March “seemed to elevate the absence of a doctrine to a doctrine.” [Bill Keller]
2013: “Eliot running as an independent would be an asset to a Republican nominee because it would create a division of loyalty in the Democratic base,” says Dick Grasso. [Michael Saul]
The state’s former comptroller, Alan Hevesi, was sentened today to one to four years in prison.
Hevesi pleaded guilty to trading access to the state’s pension fund in exchange for favors and campaign cash. His lawyer pleaded for leniency, citing Hevesi’s long record of public service, and declining Read More
Amid revelations that foreclosures around the country have been improperly processed, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is stepping up an investigation of the cottage industry that foreclosures have become in New York. Mr. Schneiderman’s office recently issued subpoenas to a law firm that has handled about 40 percent of all foreclosures in the state. The Read More
While Andrew Cuomo left open the possibility this afternoon that someone besides the Attorney General might defend last year’s law to count prisoners in their home districts against a Republican legal challenge, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a few civil rights groups are helping make the case for Eric Schneiderman.
“We believe that Read More
A reader passes along the following invite from Upper West Side Congressman Jerrold Nadler for a fundraiser in June with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Nadler was an early endorser of Schneiderman’s attorney general campaign last year, and the two both hail from the Upper West Side. I haven’t heard any rumblings about Nadler running Read More
In the wake of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s most recent report that puts one of the reactors at Indian Point Energy Center at as the highest risk from earthquakes of all U.S. power plants, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission calling for more thorough safety checks of the facility. Schneiderman Read More