Eric T. Schneiderman's News items

Daily News: How gay unions lost -- but won

Bill HammondSupporters of same-sex marriage sadly lost the 38-to-24 vote in the state Senate last week, but they won the argument.On the merits, the debate wasn't even close.In fact, with the lonely exception of Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., opponents literally said nothing to justify denying equal marital rights to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.The only word 37 of them spoke was "no."Their collective silence was shameful.

December 7, 2009

Hope for the Wrongfully Convicted

By John EligonIn a recent 79-page decision, a Manhattan judge could well have stopped after the first four sentences of his concluding paragraph and still conveyed his main point: that Fernando Bermudez was no longer guilty of murder.

Instead, the judge, Justice John Cataldo of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, tacked on a fifth sentence that ended with two powerful words: “actual innocence.”

November 22, 2009

N.Y. Law Expands Practice of E-Filing

The New York Legislature has set the stage for an expansion of the use of computers and facsimile machines to file notice of service and papers in civil actions throughout New York.The bill, given final approval last week by the Senate, would allow electronic filing in most civil cases in Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court, the Court of Claims and New York City Civil Court, with the parties’ consent and the approval of the state’s chief administrative judge.The current law limits voluntary civil e-filing to certain case types in designated counties and courts.

August 12, 2009

Yoga Faces Regulation, and Firmly Pushes Back

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Ten years ago, with yoga transforming into a ubiquitous pop culture phenomenon from a niche pursuit, yoga teachers banded together to create a voluntary online registry of schools meeting new standards for training instructors.

July 13, 2009

The Sotomayor Effect

Ever since President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court, Jewish leaders have been speculating about how the appointment of this Bronx-raised Hispanic woman will affect the relationship between the Jewish and Hispanic communities.

June 10, 2009

Effort to Revive Campaign Finance Reform Underway


ALBANY -- With attempts to overhaul state campaign-finance laws apparently stalled, a Democratic assemblyman Wednesday introduced a bill to lower donation limits, close loopholes and improve enforcement.

May 13, 2009

State Senate Should Support Firearms Microstamping

A Newsday editorial backs my firearm microstamping bill, which gives law enforcement a new tool to solve crimes:

May 12, 2009
May 6, 2009

Top Judge Plans a Task Force on Wrongful Convictions

ALBANY — In one of his first major initiatives as the state’s top jurist, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, said he would create a permanent task force to examine wrongful convictions and recommend ways to minimize them.

Members of the task force, who are being selected by Judge Lippman, will include prosecutors, defense lawyers, scientists and lawmakers. They will have a broad mandate to examine police procedures, court rules and other issues involved in wrongful convictions.

May 1, 2009

Tighten Up The Gun Laws

When Jiverly Wong obtained a pistol permit in 1997, it was the first and last time he had to prove he was fit to possess a handgun.

The permit was good for the rest of his life — a life that ended when a clearly disturbed Wong went on a shooting rampage April 3 in a Binghamton immigration center, killing 13 people, then himself.

April 27, 2009

Senate Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms and Invests in Community Safety

(Albany, NY) – The State Senate passed the FY2009-10 public protection budget today that includes many important reforms that will help our state and its public safety officers meet 21st Century needs. Most significant among these changes  is the historic reform of the archaic, costly and ineffective Rockefeller Drug Laws. Among the reforms are a new commitment to drug treatment and the strengthening of penalties for drug kingpins and those who prey on children.  

April 2, 2009

State Senators Introduce Fair Share Tax Reform

Initiative Would Raise More than $6 Billion in Revenue to Nearly Halve Budget Shortfall While Reforming New York's Tax Code to Make it Fairer

February 10, 2009

Senators Schneiderman And Stewart-Cousins Receive Top Honors From Family Planning Advocates

State Senators Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) today received top honors from Family Planning Advocates of New York State (FPA).

January 12, 2009

Eric Announces Passage Of Historic Rules Reform


On Monday, January 12th, I joined my colleagues in the Senate in passing legislation to fundamentally change the way the Senate operates and conducts business. In our first order of business as the Majority, the Senate passed a series of rules changes that will foster discussion and productivity, and increase accountability and transparency for the public.

The key changes in the legislation include changes to increase openness and accountability by:

* Restoring the ability of Senators to use “Motions to Discharge” to attempt to force a bill out of committee.

January 12, 2009

Eric Honored By Family Planning Advocates

On Monday, January 12, I was proud to be honored by Family Planning Advocates of New York(FPA) as one of the recipients of the prestigious Margaret Sanger Award. The honor is given each year by FPA to individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights for women. I am humbled that I was considered for an honor as high as the Margaret Sanger Award, and am grateful to Family Planning Advocates and its committed body of members for this recognition.

January 11, 2009

Senators Schneiderman And Stewart-cousins Receive Top Honors From Family Planning Advocates

State Senators Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) today received top honors from Family Planning Advocates of New York State (FPA). Schneiderman, along with Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, was the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Sanger Award. The honor is given each year by FPA to individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights for women.

January 2, 2009

An Inconvenient Truth And Beyond: A Plan For Action

On Wednesday, November 12th, hundreds of New York City residents turned out for a post-election climate change event held at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side. The event, An Inconvenient Truth and Beyond: A Plan for Action, was sponsored by my office, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Manhattan Community Board 7, and Environmental Advocates of New York.

December 19, 2008

Martin Tankleff And Other Exonerees And Legal Experts To Testify At New York State Senate Democratic Task Force On Preventing Wrongful Convictions In New York State

This is the second in a series of four forums entitled “Preventing Wrongful Convictions in New York State: Systematic Reforms to Convict the Guilty and Protect the Innocent” to be held across the state by the Senate Democratic Taskforce on Criminal Justice Reform.  At each forum, legislators and the public hear testimony from experts and exonerees on four reform measures—mandatory electronic recording of police interrogations, preservation of DNA evidence, eyewitness identification reforms, and the creation of an Innocence Commission—that h

July 1, 2008

Green Living

Everyday ideas to improve our environment.

June 18, 2008

Same Sex Marriage In New York

Last week, Governor David A. Paterson did the right thing, legally and morally, by announcing that New York State will fully honor same sex civil marriages that are legally performed in other jurisdictions. The state of New York provides 1,324 rights and responsibilities to legally married couples. My congratulations go out to the couples and families who will now enjoy the benefit of those rights and privileges—at the same time that I am mindful of how painfully long in coming this day has been.

June 12, 2008
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