|Name||Eric T. Schneiderman|
New York, New York , United States
|| December 31, 1954
Apr 11, 2010 08:39pm
Jewish - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Divorced - Judaism -
|Info||Eric Schneiderman, a native New Yorker, was first elected to the New York State Senate in November 1998. |
After graduating from Trinity School in Manhattan, he attended Amherst College, where he earned degrees in English and Asian studies. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982.
Senator Schneiderman's interest in public policy is grounded in his 27 years of community involvement and political activism. He began his longtime advocacy for women's reproductive rights when he worked at a family planning clinic in Washington D.C. after graduating from high school.
Recognizing the need for safe neighborhoods, Senator Schneiderman has been active in crime prevention efforts. Serving as Counsel for the West Side Crime Prevention Program for over 10 years, he represented tenants, neighbors and community groups in eviction proceedings. He also was the founder of the Attorney General's Anti-Crime Advocate program and a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee on Violence. As such, he recruited, trained and counseled private attorneys representing community groups striving to protect their neighborhoods from crime.
Continuing his fight for the interests of all New Yorkers, he became an active member of the Board of Citizen Action of New York. He fought to pass New York's Managed Health Care Patients Bill of Rights, establishing a patient's right to file an appeal of an HMO's medical decision. As lead counsel for the plaintiffs in litigation brought by the New York Urban League and the Straphangers Campaign, Senator Schneiderman filed a law suit against the MTA to stop the proposed fare increase in public transportation. The lawsuit exposed the unfair distribution of mass transit funds in New York State and helped pave the way for the release of discounted Metrocards in 1998. In August of 2002 Senator Schneiderman successfully represented a coalition in a lawsuit against the MTA to prevent the closing of subway token booths without first holding public hearings on the issue.
Serving as a principal legal advisor to Clean Elections New York, Senator Schneiderman was one of the authors of a model bill in 1998 to fundamentally reform both the New York State and New York City systems of financing political campaigns. The NYC Clean Elections campaign led to the current 4:1 matching fund provision, one of the most progressive campaign finance systems in the country. During his first term as Senator, Eric Schneiderman continued his long-time activism in the pro-choice movement, working actively in the successful effort to pass the Clinic Access bill. Signed into law in December 1999, this was the first piece of pro-choice legislation enacted in New York in more than a decade.
As a leading voice for tougher gun safety laws in New York State, Senator Schneiderman worked with gun control advocates to develop a far reaching package of measures that would protect New Yorkers from gun violence. Introduced during the 1999 legislative session, the package included measures that would hold adults legally liable for failure to safely store firearms; mandate safety courses and renewable licenses for gun owners; and raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of firearms. He lead the campaign to block the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program from being a part of New York's elementary school curriculum.
Fighting for every child's right to a decent education, Senator Schneiderman joined the Campaign For Fiscal Equity (CFE), a coalition of education advocates, in their efforts to gain equitable funding for all of New York's public education students. In January of 2001, the New York State Supreme Court ruled for CFE directing New York State to remedy its discriminatory and unconstitutional education system. While the decision was reversed on an appeal, Senator Schneiderman will continue working with CFE in bringing the case to the State's highest court in order to finally provide a sound, basic education for every child.
Senator Schneiderman has been active in battles to protect New York's watershed, clean up the Hudson River and expand the number of clean air vehicles in New York's bus fleets. He has fought to preserve and protect drinking water for New York City, leading a campaign to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restrict development in the watershed areas. Senator Schneiderman has also introduced legislation to limit exposure to pesticides, and to establish clean energy funds for the improvement of energy efficiency and the development of clean energy technologies.
A resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, he shares custody of his daughter Catherine.