Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

PUBLIC SAFETY
11:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Lawmakers Pressure Cellphone Makers, Carriers to Install Kill Switch

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at Syracuse City Hall Friday with Congressmember Dan Maffei and State Senator Dave Valesky.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money. 

“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.”  

NY AG Schneiderman explains how thieves cash in on stolen smartphones.

A rise in smartphone robberies is why Schneiderman and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.

Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.”    The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves.  But Schneiderman says  there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating. 

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ANIMAL CRUELTY
6:52 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

NY Attorney General Targets "Dog Flippers"

Four-year-old Sasha is up for adoption at the CNYSPCA.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A Central New York woman has been barred from selling dogs after the attorney general’s office found she violated numerous state laws.  AG Eric Schneiderman stopped by the CNYSPCA Friday.  

  He explained how Carissa Seaman of Cleveland came to their attention.

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Local News
6:06 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Discusses Land Bank Funding in Syracuse

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks about his plans to allocate state funds to clean up the Near Westside in Syracuse, NY Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Credit Max Brady, WAER News
  • Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Home Headquarter's Executive Director Kerry Quaglia and Near West Side resident Haydee Rolon speak about revitalizing the area.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pointed to a homeowner and a neighborhood on Syracuse’s Near West Side today as an example of how he plans to dedicate money to the state’s land banks.  He stopped by Haydee Rolon’s house on Marcellus Street to announce his intention to allocate $20 million more in relief for the neighborhoods by addressing vacant properties.

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