Attorney General

Schneiderman Joins Bid To Keep ACA Subsidies

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is backing an effort with fellow state AGs to preserve Affordable Care Act subsidies President Donald Trump’s administration wants to end.

The lawsuit was filed with a coalition of 19 attorneys general.

The subsidies are aimed at keeping insurance affordable as part of the law, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Senate Republicans are working on a compromise measure that would seek to stabilize the marketplace and provide the subsidies, generally aimed at those with qualifying incomes.

“President Trump’s abrupt move to cut these subsidies is reckless, dangerous, – and illegal,” Schneiderman said. “These payments are vital to thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans who rely on them to afford their health care. Yet President Trump is using those families as political pawns, putting their lives at risk to advance his own partisan agenda. We won’t stand for it – and we’re moving to block these dangerous cuts before they do any more harm.”

The subsidies have been previously challenged in court by House Republicans, who argue the payments are not legal.

Schneiderman Brief Opposes Transgender Ban In Military

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an amicus brief on Monday opposed President Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender individuals from military service.

“Transgender servicemembers fight for us every single day. They deserve a government that fights for them,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

“President Trump’s ban is yet another unconstitutional attempt to discriminate that undermines our national security and harms the transgender community in New York and across the country. Our coalition of Attorneys General will continue to fight to ensure that every New Yorker – and every American – is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

The brief was filed with a coalition of 15 attorneys general who oppose the ban, announced earlier this year by the president. The case challenging the move, Doe v. Trump, was filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The coalition of state AGs argued in the brief that barring transgender soldiers and military personnel is preventing a fast-growing segment of the military from serving.

The brief states that “there is no evidence that it has disrupted military readiness, operational effectiveness, or morale. To the contrary, anecdotal accounts indicate that the positive impacts of inclusion were beginning to manifest, as capable and well-qualified individuals who were already serving finally were able to do so authentically.”

Doe v Trump – State Amicus Brief by Nick Reisman on Scribd

AG Raises Possibility Of Court Challenge To Trump Order

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on THursday raised the possibility of yet another challenge in court to President Donald Trump executive order that seeks to unwind parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Let me be clear: if the Trump Administration takes any action that violates the law — or tramples on New Yorkers’ constitutional rights — we will take them to court,” Schneiderman said. “In the meantime, my office will continue to defend the vital ACA subsidies in federal court for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans who rely on the quality, affordable health care they provide.”

Trump signed an executive order that allows for the purchase of cheaper insurance plans and for policyholders to participate in an insurance pool. Some health care advocates worry the move would result in sicker people in the regulated market and driving up costs in the process.

Schneiderman has sued Trump several times before on immigration policy as well as environmental regulations.

Schneiderman 2018 Releases Video Touting Trump Opposition

If there’s a villain in the video released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s 2018 re-election campaign, it’s President Donald Trump, who he had publicly tangled with before the New York businessman launched his presidential campaign.

The video released Wednesday more than a year before Schneiderman is on the ballot highlights his legal challenges to the Trump business empire by taking on the for-profit Trump University and his policies as president, including rewriting environmental regulations and efforts to restrict and limit immigration.

The video was released along with a fundraising appeal, with supporters being asked to give $3.

“Eric is fighting to preserve New Yorkers’ access to affordable healthcare, clean air and water, and a growing, diverse economy that respects New York values,” the campaign said. “From suing to block Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban, to fighting to preserve the Clean Power Plan, to defending New York’s 40,000 DREAMers, Eric is working hard day and night to protect New York from Trump’s dangerous agenda.”

Schneiderman is seeking a third term as attorney general next year.

Schneiderman Vows To Sue Over Clean Power Plan Repeal

The decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to scrap the Clean Power Plan will be challenged in court by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, his office said on Monday.

“By seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan – especially without any credible commitment to replacing it – the Trump Administration’s campaign of climate change denial continues, once again putting industry special interests ahead of New Yorkers’ and all Americans’ safety, health, and the environment,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

“The Trump Administration’s persistent and indefensible denial of climate change – and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation – is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their dangerous agenda.”

It’s the latest legal challenge from the New York AG, who has joined a coalition of states with Democratic attorneys general to oppose or challenge various policy decisions by the Republican administration.

The Clean Power Plan was part of an effort that included New York and other states to develop required cuts in emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants in order to combat climate change.

A decade ago, states sued the Environmental Protection Agency to force the federal government to establish emission standards for carbon dioxide released by power plants, resulting in 2011 settlement that required the EPA to develop a rulemaking process for the emissions.

Schneiderman Warns Of DACA Scams

Those who have protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should beware of scams that are on the rise amid uncertainty over the program’s future, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday in a statement.

“Scammers will often capitalize on fear and anxiety to take advantage of immigrants and their families,” Schneiderman said. “DREAMers play by the rules, work hard, and pay taxes. For most, America is the only home they’ve ever known, and they deserve to stay here and keep contributing to our state and our nation.

President Donald Trump has indicated he will rescind the program unless Congress works to act on immigration reform.

DACA provides for legal protections for those who arrived in the United States illegally as children.

“While I continue to defend DACA in court, I encourage all grantees to be vigilant and protect themselves from those seeking to take advantage of this uncertainty to make a quick buck,” Schneiderman said.

Specifically, DACA recipients should be aware the Department of Homeland Security is not receiving new applications, grantees with permits for work that expire between Sept. 5 and March 5 of next year can apply for a renewal. Grantees under DACA can not apply for advanced parole and those with deportation orders should seek legal advice from a lawyer or representative with proper credentials as soon as possible.

Schneiderman Blasts Trump Admin’s Coal Boost

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman criticized on Friday a proposal by the Trump administration that would allow coal-burning power plans to be paid higher prices for electricity.

Schneiderman, in a statement, linked the boost for coal with climate change and the spate of hurricanes to hit the United States in recent weeks.

“In the wake of some of the most devastating storms in our nation’s history, it’s outrageous that the Trump administration would seek to prop up our dirtiest, most expensive, and climate-polluting sources of energy under the guise of promoting resiliency and reliability,” Schneiderman said. “States like New York have demonstrated that clean, renewable forms of energy not only enhance public health and our environment, but also add jobs, hold the line on electricity rates, and make our energy systems more secure and reliable.”

Schneiderman has challenged previous efforts by the Trump administration to change environmental regulations, part of a multi-state legal challenge to preserve the Obama-era rules.

The effort by Democratic attorneys general to file state-based legal challenges is not dissimilar from the method employed by Republican AGs when President Obama was in office.

Schneiderman again raised the possibility of another legal challenge to this proposal, which was introduced by the Department of Energy.

“Given that the leading cause of power outages is extreme weather—which is exacerbated by climate change— the Trump administration’s head-in-the-sand approach would actually undermine grid resiliency and reliability while promoting climate change and its catastrophic impacts,” he said. “My office will forcefully oppose this and other efforts of the Trump administration to put the interests of special interests ahead of the health, safety, and wallets of New Yorkers.”

Schneiderman Launches Investigation Into Equifax Breach

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is launching an investigation into the data breach of credit reporting bureau Equifax.

The company announced on Thursday the data of 143 million credit cardholders may have been compromised in the breach. Up to eight million New Yorkers may be impacted by the breach, Schneiderman said.

“The Equifax breach has potentially exposed sensitive personal information of nearly everyone with a credit report, and my office intends to get to the bottom of how and why this massive hack occurred,” Schneiderman said. “I encourage all New Yorkers to immediately call Equifax to see if their data was compromised and to consider additional measures to protect themselves.”

At the same time, Schneiderman is launching a consumer alert following the data breach. Consumers can call 866-447-7559 to determine if they have been impacted.

Schneiderman Outlines Suit To Preserve DACA

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday formally filed a legal challenge to preserve the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, which is due to phase out in six months on the federal level.

The suit, filed with a coalition of 16 attorneys general from around the country, argues New York has the standing to bring the case because ending DACA causes “irreparable injuries
to its proprietary, sovereign, and quasi-sovereign interests.”

“Immigration is the lifeblood of New York State. The Trump administration’s decision to end DACA is cruel, inhumane, and devastating to the 42,000 New Yorkers who have been able to come out of the shadows and live a full life as a result of the program,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “These DREAMers play by the rules. They work hard and pay taxes. America is the only home they have ever known – and they deserve to stay here and keep contributing to our state and our nation.”

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would allow the program to expire unless Congress acts on immigration reform. The program gives a legal safety net to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

A federal version of the DREAM Act, which would include the broad parameters of DACA, has failed to pass in Congress.

Schneiderman has filed legal challenge to previous Trump administration actions, including efforts to scale back regulations and limit travel from predominantly Muslim countries.

Schneiderman had signaled earlier in the week he would file the legal challenge, which is also backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York Et Al. v. Trump Et Al – 17cv5228 by Nick Reisman on Scribd

Schneiderman: Watch Out For Harvey Charity Scams

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday cautioned New Yorkers eager to donate to aid storm victims in Texas, urging them to review and research charitable organizations before giving.

“The damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast is simply unfathomable. There will be tens of thousands of victims who will lose their homes because of this storm, and I encourage all New Yorkers to assist in the ongoing relief efforts,” Schneiderman said.

“Unfortunately, there are always some who attempt to take advantage of a tragedy to line their own pockets at the expense of those who are truly in need. New Yorkers who give to charitable organizations supporting the victims of this storm can review our tips to ensure their donation will be put to good use.”

Before donating to victims of the storm and subsequent floods, Schneiderman said givers should be mindful of where the money will go and urged them to give to established charities. The AG’s office maintains a website of registered charities.

At the same time, Schneiderman’s office cautioned against giving cash and making sure a contribution given by text is an authorized form of payment.