Eric T. Schneiderman's Press releases

Senators Squadron, Schneiderman and Others Propose Bipartisan Agreement to End Senate Stalemate

Senators Squadron, Schneiderman and Others Propose Bipartisan Agreement to End Senate Stalemate

Albany, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron, Eric Schneiderman, Liz Krueger,  Eric Adams, Neil Breslin, Suzi Oppenheimer, and Kevin Parker proposed an agreement today to allow the Senate to end the stalemate and return to business.

Like other proposals under discussion, the proposal shares the power and resources of the Senate between the two conferences and creates a bi-partisan mechanism for bringing bills to the floor for consideration.

July 8, 2009

Statement of Senator Eric T. Schneiderman On Filling The Lt. Governor Vacancy

“Article IV, Section 6 clearly provides a mechanism to fill the offices of Governor and Lt. Governor when both offices are vacant at the same time. It is equally clear that it does not provide such a mechanism when the office of Lt. Governor alone is vacant.  

July 6, 2009


ALBANY – In response to the proclamation released by Governor David Paterson today laying out the legislative agenda for tomorrow's special Senate session, Senator Eric T.

June 23, 2009

Senator Schneiderman Calls On Governor Paterson To Add Critical Legislation To Special Session Agenda

Says Marriage Equality, Real Rent Reform, and Other Legislation Must Be Included

June 22, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman Votes To Expand Eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption

ALBANY – Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) voted Tuesday for legislation that will make more seniors eligible for the Senior Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. The bill (S2210), which passed the Senate, deducts the amount of any unreimbursed out-of-pocket medical and prescription drug expenses from eligible seniors’ annual income calculation.

June 3, 2009

Senator Schneiderman’s Bill To Protect Yoga Studios From Harassment By The Education Department Clears Key Committee

ALBANY – Sen. Eric T. Schneiderman’s legislation (S.5701) to protect New York’s yoga studios from regulations that threaten their livelihood passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today. In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department accused yoga studios of violating the law by training new instructors without a license, despite the fact that such licenses have never been required before. The state also threatened the studios with fines up to $50,000.

June 3, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman’s Statement On The Murder Of Dr. George Tiller

"The murder of Dr. George Tiller is an unconscionable tragedy. As one of the authors of the 1999 law that shields doctors, clinics and patients from violence and intimidation, and a former clinic escort, I am deeply concerned about the safety of reproductive health care providers and the women and families they serve. To honor Dr. Tiller, we have to do absolutely everything we can to protect people who work in family-planning clinics from this kind of heinous violence."

June 1, 2009

Statement From Sen. Schneiderman On President Obama's Nomination Of Sonia Sotomayor To The Supreme Court

"It is an historic day for New York and the nation now that President Obama has nominated Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. A native of the South Bronx who has served as a federal judge, prosecutor and litigator, Judge Sotomayor is a brilliant, independent jurist who is uniquely qualified to serve on the highest court. Once she becomes the first Latina and only third woman to serve on the Court, Judge Sotomayor will bring a new, much-needed perspective to the bench.

May 26, 2009

Governor Paterson Announces $32.3 Million In Stimulus Funding For NYC Transportation Infrastructure

Sen. Schneiderman Hails Major Infrastructure Improvements Projects In District

May 20, 2009

Senator Schneiderman Votes To Extend Unemployment Benefits For New Yorkers

ALBANY – State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman voted today to pass critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to nearly 120,000 New Yorkers who have lost their jobs. 

May 19, 2009

Statement From Sen. Schneiderman On Marriage Equality Vote In State Assembly

“By voting for marriage equality, the Assembly has made history once again. Legislators transcended party lines to give everyone in New York the right to the legal benefits that come with a marriage license. Now, with all eyes on the Senate, I am hopeful that we can get the votes needed to ensure that every New Yorker’s civil rights are protected. From a legal and moral standpoint, this is the right thing to do.”


May 13, 2009

Senators Launch Push For Stronger Rent Laws

Sixteen State Senators stood today with rent regulated and Mitchell-Lama tenant allies to launch a full court press to pass stronger rent laws before the current legislative session ends in June.

May 12, 2009

Senate Passes Schneiderman Bill To Prosecute Domestic Abusers For Destroying Property

ALBANY -- The state Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill (S4306) that strengthens the punishment for domestic abusers who engage in violence against a victim's property. Under current law, a person is not criminally liable for damaging shared property if he or she has either a right to do so or believes that right exists. That means if an individual destroys the property of a spouse or domestic partner, he or she could not be held criminally liable. The bill passed today, sponsored by Codes Committee Chair Sen. Eric T.

May 6, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman Selected For Chief Judge's Task Force On Wrongful Convictions

NEW YORK – Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, announced today the creation of a task force that will examine ways to prevent wrongful convictions. The panel, which will include lawmakers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and scientists, is permanent and will continually recommend improvements in court practices, legislation, and training for attorneys, judges and police.

May 1, 2009

Sen. Schneiderman And Assm. Schimel Lead Effort To Help Solve Gun Crimes

Bill Has Widespread Support From Law Enforcement Community

April 29, 2009

After Binghamton, Sen. Schneiderman and Assm. Paulin Unveil Handgun License Renewal Bill

Proposal Would Reform New York’s Dangerous Lifetime Permit System

April 23, 2009
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