Campaign cash paid Trump foe’s legal bills after #MeToo fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
The practice is legal, but reform activists say Schneiderman and other politicians are exploiting lax campaign finance rules.
New York attorney general feted at inauguration ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James, the state's first black attorney general and the first woman elected to the position, was honored at an inauguration ceremony in New York City.
Sunday's ceremonial swearing in was at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. The Democrat was officially sworn in as the 67th Attorney General for New York last week.
The Latest: James to crowd: Powerless are taking power back
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's attorney general (all times local):
New York Attorney General Letitia James has told an inauguration ceremony crowd on Ellis Island that those who feel powerless are taking power back this year.
The 60-year-old Democrat spoke Tuesday night before Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the podium.
Trump lashes out over foundation shutdown
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at New York Democrats over their efforts to shut down his charitable foundation.
Trump tweeted that his foundation has "done great work and given away lots of money."
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the foundation would dissolve while it fights a state lawsuit accusing it of illegally operating like an extension of Trump's businesses and political campaign.
Schneiderman accuser: Donate campaign funds to help women
NEW YORK (AP) — One of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's accusers is urging him to donate millions of dollars left in his campaign coffers to programs that help abused women.
Michelle Manning Barish, a Democratic activist and writer, reiterated her demand Tuesday on CBS.
The National Organization for Women is advocating with Barish to have the money earmarked for assisting abused women. Barish says it would be a "great step toward healing."
Former NY attorney general won’t face abuse charges
NEW YORK (AP) — The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn't bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because current state law doesn't explicitly outlaw such behavior.
The Latest: Schneiderman accuser wants donation, apology
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a prosecutor's decision not to charge former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with abusing women (all times local):
One of the women who accused former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's of physical abuse is demanding that he donate millions of dollars left in his campaign coffers to women's shelters and domestic abuse programs.
NY Attorney General Underwood will get new role
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's current attorney general, who's been leading legal challenges against Republican President Donald Trump, says she'll return to her prior role as state solicitor general when Letitia James takes charge of the office in January.
Democrat Barbara Underwood announced the news in a tweet on Thursday. She declined to run for the office but had agreed to stay on in some capacity if James won.
New York attorney general race puts Trump, history on ballot
NEW YORK (AP) — History is likely to be made in the race for New York Attorney General next Tuesday. Either of the major party candidates would be the state's first black attorney general. One, Democrat Letitia James, would be the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York.
New York attorney general: No backing down on Trump lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against his charitable foundation by New York's attorney general, arguing that it was politically motivated.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says he's not running for New York attorney general for reasons including "the nature of politics at this moment."
Bharara discussed his decision on his podcast last week. He also cited "the difficulty of running for office in a way that would make (him) comfortable."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's lawsuit against the Trump Foundation (all times local):
The White House is blasting a lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general against President Donald Trump and his foundation, suggesting that is politically motivated.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from New York, says he's running for state attorney general.
The 51-year-old Democrat from the Hudson Valley announced Wednesday that he's seeking election as the state's top legal officer to go after the "crooks" in the White House, Albany and corporate suites.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Democratic convention (all times local):
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is the Democratic nominee for New York attorney general.
Delegates picked James on Wednesday at the party's state convention on Long Island. If elected she'll succeed ex-Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of assaulting four women he dated.
NEW YORK (AP) — The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has started conducting interviews with the women whose allegations of violent slapping, choking and other abuse led to his resignation this month, The Associated Press has learned.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo attorney and former adviser to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo has announced her candidacy for New York attorney general.
Leecia (LEE'-sha) Eve serves on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and served in Gov. Cuomo's administration in a senior economic development position.
Before that the Harvard Law School graduate advised both Clinton and fellow Democrat Joe Biden when they were in the U.S. Senate.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Legislature on Tuesday appointed Barbara Underwood interim attorney general two weeks after Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned as the state's top legal chief amid allegations he physically abused four women he dated.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature's selection of an interim attorney general (all times local):
The New York state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Sen. Michael Gianaris says he's not going to enter the race for New York attorney general.
The Queens Democrat says Thursday that he won't seek the party's nomination at next week's Democratic state convention on Long Island.
His dropping out of consideration, first reported by NY1, comes a day after New York City Public Advocate Letitia James became the first Democrat to officially launch a campaign for attorney general. Gianaris says he supports her candidacy.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State lawmakers held a second round of interviews of candidates for New York attorney general Wednesday more than a week after Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned over allegations of sexual abuse.
Some of the hopefuls were asked why they consider themselves more qualified than the acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, who is considered the favorite to be appointed interim attorney general to serve out the remainder of the Democrat's term.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Barbara Underwood, thrust into the job as New York state's chief legal officer when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he abused woman, said Tuesday she won't seek election to the attorney general's positon.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As the state Legislature prepares to interview candidates for New York attorney general, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has already spoken with several people interested in filling the job vacancy created when a scandal forced the resignation last week of Eric Schneiderman.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer said he told President Donald Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, years ago that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was abusing women.
Schneiderman, a frequent legal nemesis of the president, resigned this week after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women who said they were slapped and choked by the Democratic ex-prosecutor.
Online stories are falsely claiming Hillary Clinton is New York's new attorney general.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (all times local):
An attorney for former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) says she's confident the district attorney who has been charged with investigating sexual misconduct allegations against her client "will conduct a fair, thorough and unbiased investigation."
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s attempt to derail a multistate fraud investigation into the company’s public comments about climate change flamed out in a New York court.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan on Thursday dismissed Exxon Mobil’s lawsuit claiming officials in New York and Massachusetts conspired with environmental groups in planning the securities-fraud probe and made up their minds about its outcome before it started.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested in a Westchester County loan-sharking and gambling operation allegedly controlled by the Luchesse (loo-CHAY'-zee) crime family.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrests on Tuesday, saying investigators identified over 47 loan-shark victims who were "preyed on" by the suspects.
State asking feds to revise 1980s quotas for fluke
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials are asking the federal government to change its quotas to allow New York-based commercial fishing companies to haul in more fluke.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have filed a petition seeking revised allocations for fish also known as summer flounder.
Review adds pressure to Weinstein investigation
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor put unusual — and potentially problematic — pressure on Manhattan's district attorney to bring a criminal case against Harvey Weinstein this week when he ordered the state's attorney general to investigate the prosecutor's handling of an earlier sex abuse probe involving the film producer, legal experts said.
UBS to pay $230M for risky mortgage-backed securities
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The financial services firm UBS has agreed to pay $230 million to New York state in a legal settlement stemming from the firm's handling of mortgage-based securities in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlement Wednesday.
As part of the deal, UBS will pay $41 million to the state and another $189 million for community efforts to expand affordable housing and improve blighted properties.
2 states demand answers from Facebook over users’ data
BOSTON (AP) — The top prosecutors in Massachusetts and New York have sent a letter to Facebook demanding the social media giant protect its users' private information.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a joint investigation Saturday after reports that British data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica captured information from 50 million Facebook users without their consent. The firm is tied to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A civil investigation has been launched to determine how an autistic teen was able to walk away from his school and apparently drown, New York state officials said on Monday.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said the probe into Trevyan Rowe's death will include a review of the school district's policies and procedures to determine what needs to be done to ensure the safety of all students moving forward.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has served subpoenas on two opioid distributors as part of a multi-state investigation into their marketing and sales practices.
The subpoenas seek company records and communications relating to suspicious drug orders or cases in which opioids may have been improperly diverted by customers. The subpoenas went to Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health and San Francisco-based McKesson.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to pay $500 million to New York for using deceptive practices while marketing and selling mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, under a settlement announced on Tuesday.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement includes $100 million in cash to the state and $400 million worth of consumer relief for New York homeowners and communities.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co. revived a deal to sell its assets to a group of investors who want to transform the scandal-plagued film studio into a female-led entertainment venture, the latest twist in the company's tortured efforts to avoid bankruptcy following the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Q&A: A Weinstein Co. bankruptcy could complicate lawsuits
NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy filing by The Weinstein Co. would be the latest episode in the unraveling of a Hollywood powerhouse and have repercussions for any lawsuits filed against the company over of allegations of sexual misconduct by its co-founder, Harvey Weinstein.
Here are some questions and answers about the possible bankruptcy filing and what it means for Weinstein's accusers:
WHY IS THE WEINSTEIN CO. CONSIDERING A BANKRUPTCY FILING?
Town justice, lawyer charged with stealing $4M from trusts
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Albany town justice and a lawyer have been charged with stealing more than $4 million from the family trusts of three sisters.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 57-year-old Richard Sherwood and 59-year-old Thomas Lagan were arrested Friday on charges including grand larceny and scheme to defraud.
NY town officials group gathering in NYC for annual meeting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Local town officials from all across New York state are heading to Manhattan for meetings that will feature discussions with some of the state's top elected officials.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are the featured speakers during Monday morning's general session of the Association of Towns 2018 annual meeting.
On Tuesday morning, fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer, the U.S. Senate minority leader, will address the gathering.
Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct?
NEW YORK (AP) — The Weinstein Co. thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards in almost every industry.
Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction
BALTIMORE (AP) — The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.
The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A statement announcing the firing was released to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said Glasser knew of allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein but failed to ensure they were investigated.
STAMFORD — New York’s Supreme Court rejected this week a motion by Charter Communications seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who alleges the company defrauded and misled New York customers by promising internet service it knew it could not deliver.
16 arrested in bust of Hudson Valley heroin, cocaine ring
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they've busted a violent drug trafficking ring operated by gang members who terrorized the streets of a Hudson Valley city.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that 16 members of the narcotics ring have been arrested and charged with selling large amounts of heroin and cocaine in Newburgh and elsewhere in Orange County.
Q&A: Lawsuit halts sale of Weinstein’s movie studio
NEW YORK (AP) — A proposed $500 million deal to sell Harvey Weinstein's movie studio appears in jeopardy after New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit that could catapult the company into bankruptcy as it smolders in the wake of dozens of sexual misconduct allegations against the Hollywood mogul.
State attorneys general: No citizenship question on census
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of state attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying it could lower participation among immigrants and cause a population undercount.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a letter sent to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
The Latest: NY AG says Weinstein Co. covered up abuses
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general against Weinstein (all times local):
New York's attorney general says his office's four-month investigation of The Weinstein Co. found "a pervasive pattern" of sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday his office found "extensive cover-up" of "despicable" allegations that should have prompted formal investigations at the company.
The Latest: Weinstein’s attorney: Lawsuit ‘without merit’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general against Weinstein (all times local):
A lawyer for disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein says he believes a "fair investigation" by New York's attorney general will show that many of the allegations against Weinstein are "without merit."
Attorney general suit: Weinstein Co. failed to protect women
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of "repeatedly and persistently" sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the state prosecutor that could impact the company's potential sale.
Dem attorneys general unite against concealed-carry gun law
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic attorneys general from 17 states are calling on Congress to abandon legislation backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow concealed-carry gun permits issued in one state to be valid in all states.