American democracy is at risk.  The New York State Attorney General can do something about it.  That’s why I am running.

People are losing faith in the constitutional republic that I served 29 years in the Army reserves to protect. Partisan divisiveness, an “us versus them” mentality, incivility in public discourse and the inability to compromise all contribute to government failing the People. 

I believe that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.  If elected Attorney General of N.Y.S., and if credible evidence is found that President Trump committed a serious felony that is within the AG’s jurisdiction, I will seek an indictment and will prosecute him.  No person is above the law.  President Trump took an oath to respect the Constitution and the law.   As Attorney General representing New York State, I would request the U.S. Supreme Court to agree that no person is above the law.  The States, and the Supreme Court, must protect the United States against becoming an authoritarian state.

In my 30+ years of practicing law, as an Army lawyer, a government lawyer, an environmental lawyer, a law guardian representing children, and as an employment law/civil rights lawyer representing individuals and small companies, I have seen how our legal system often fails people who hope for justice, but do not receive it.  As Attorney General, I can do something about this. I have influenced the U.S. Supreme court in 3 cases benefiting the public (against powerful interests), and my cases have resulted in significant pro- citizen and pro-public interest decisions by the New York and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate level.

I am a “citizen soldier” who served in Iraq and Afghanistan (where I was awarded a Bronze Star medal).  I am an attorney whose whole career has been advocating for the rule of law, our democracy, for the environment, and for aggrieved individuals and the public interest.  I can make a difference in New York and the nation.  

I need your support, and your financial contribution, so that I can obtain the required 15,000 Democratic signatures BEFORE JULY 6th to get on the Democratic ballot for the primary election. 

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June 6, 2018

Schneiderman is out. I'm in.

It was entirely unexpected by the public that former AG Schneiderman would resign.   

I believe our democracy is at risk, and that of all the Democrats, I am the best candidate to protect all New Yorkers, our democracy and the rule of law.

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