Attorney General

Schneiderman’s First County Chair

Four days after formally announcing his AG campaign, Sen. Eric Scheiderman has landed his first endorsement from a Democratic county chair.

“Eric Schneiderman has proven that he is a true reformer who will tackle corruption in government and in the private sector,” said Dutchess County Democratic Chairwoman Elisa Sumner in a statement released by the Manhattan lawmaker’s campaign.

“He has worked to transform the criminal justice system, represented public interest clients as a private attorney and led efforts to reform our state government,” Sumner continued. “Dutchess County Democrats can count on Eric Schneiderman to continue and build upon the great work of Andrew Cuomo as Attorney General.”

Schneiderman was also endorsed by state committeewoman Beth Soto, Town of Beekman Democratic Co-Chair Mark Hoops and Democratic Chair of Fishkill Michael Rizzo.
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Vallone Jr. Takes A Pass On AG Race

The Democratic AG primary came thisclose to becoming even more crowded as NYC Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. confirmed he had been taking a serious look in recent weeks at throwing his hat into the ring.

In a brief telephone interview yesterday, the Queens lawmaker said he was urged to get into the already-crowded race by numerous advisors (including his father, former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., who won the 1998 Democratic gubernatorial primary).

He ultimately decided to take a pass, citing a desire to spend time with his daughters.

“They’re 14 and 16 and still want to spend time with me,” Vallone Jr. explained. “As a divorced dad, I want to spend all my time with them right now. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I was running statewide.”

Vallone Jr. has been eyeing a run for higher office for some time now. He is widely known to have his eye on either the Queens district attorney’s office and also considered a run for Queens borough president.

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