In the face of accusations that he is soft on crime, Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman met with Long Island lawmakers to discuss his agenda, promising to be “smart-on-crime”.
The Democratic candidate is touting his endorsements from a number of criminal justice groups as well as gun-safety lobbying groups like New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and the Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy met with Schneiderman, along with assembly member Michelle Schimel and North Hempstead town supervisor Jon Kaiman, to discuss his planned steps to decrease gun crime in suburban areas.
Schneiderman’s steps include the creation of an interstate database for law enforcement to track gun crime, an expanded Innocence Unit focused on wrongful convictions, and prevention proposals focusing on sexual predators and gangs. He cites Andrew Cuomo’s “Nowhere to Hide” initiative that began when he was Attorney General, saying that it will help to prosecute absentee landlords who enable drug sales on their properties.
“As Attorney General, I will work with Rep. McCarthy and Assemblywoman Schimel to advance a smart-on-crime approach to crack down on suburban violence and keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals,” Schneiderman said in a press release.
Schimel, who endorsed Kathleen Rice in the Democratic primary, said that she thinks Schneiderman’s plan attacks the areas most closely effecting Long Island residents.
“Eric Schneiderman knows what’s necessary to combat the crime and violence in our communities,” Schimel said in a press release. “Unlike his opponent, Eric has a smart plan to crack down on suburban crime that will help keep Long Island safe. This plan demonstrates that Eric Schneiderman is the only candidate who is truly committed to protecting all New Yorkers.”