Former NYC comptroller supporting Schneiderman for AG

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 13, 2010, 11:22am


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York attorney general-hopeful Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat from Manhattan, continues to garner support for his campaign.

This time it's an endorsement from former New York City Comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.

Thompson made his endorsement Friday morning.

"I'm proud to endorse Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General because he is the one candidate in this field who will truly represent all New Yorkers in the fight for equal justice," he said in a statement.

"I've seen Eric in action and have no doubt that he will continue his lifelong fight for criminal justice reform, for economic fairness and for progressive change as New York's next people's lawyer.

"Whether it's taking on the insurance industry or ending the Rockefeller Drug laws, Eric has shown true leadership and demonstrated that he will be an Attorney General we can be proud of," Thompson continued.

Thompson is a native of Brooklyn who is well known throughout the city as the man who narrowly lost to current Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The ex-comptroller is a big fan of current attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, but says he isn't looking for a job in a potential Cuomo administration. Instead, he's looking at another run for mayor in 2013, the New York Daily News' The Daily Politics blog reports.

Schneiderman picked up another big-time endorsement last month -- from a bona fide Hollywood star.

The attorney general candidate got the approval of actor and activist Alec Baldwin, most recently known for his role on the hit television comedy "30 Rock."

In a released statement, Baldwin said, "New York State is facing big problems and we need big progressive solutions. We need an independent, gutsy attorney general -- that's why I'm proud to endorse lifelong progressive Eric Schneiderman.

He continues, "Eric's always been on the right side of the issues, from protecting the environment to fighting for marriage equality and reproductive freedom, and I know he has the character and the tenacity to stand up and deliver the real change our state needs."

Schneiderman was elected to the New York Senate in 1998. According to his campaign website, his efforts were critical in passing the Clinic Access Bill, Hate Crimes legislation, the Women's Health and Wellness Act, legislation to increase the minimum wage, and a host of anti-illegal gun, environmental and civil rights laws.

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