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FACTBOX-Eric Schneiderman, NY Attorney General Candidate

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 07:24 AM

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - State Senator Eric Schneiderman is the Democratic candidate for New York attorney general. Some facts about him:

* Schneiderman, 55, grew up in New York City and attended Amherst College and Harvard Law School. He describes himself as a "lifelong progressive Democrat."

* As an attorney in private practice, he represented commuters in suits against the Metropolitan Transit Authority, tenants trying to evict drug dealers from their buildings and women's health clinics harassed by anti-abortion groups.

* Schneiderman was elected to the state senate in 1998, representing parts of Manhattan and the Bronx.

* In January, he led a bipartisan committee whose investigation of fellow Democratic Senator Hiram Monserrate prompted the chamber to expel Monserrate after he was convicted of a misdemeanor assault for hurting his girlfriend.

* During the primary, Schneiderman was endorsed by the New York Times and many of the state's high-profile Democrats.

* He spent two years as a deputy sheriff in rural Massachusetts. (Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Bill Trott)

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