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Stakes Are High in New York Attorney General Race
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:47:10 AM »
Elections for state attorney general seldom make national news, but this one should.   The Sept. 13 Democratic primary for New York state’s attorney general is hotly contested, and the unusually powerful position will have broad implications for Wall Street and President Trump. The state’s unique Martin Act gives the AG sweeping powers to investigate and extract billions in fines from Wall Street banks, insurance companies and energy firms, often without going to court or relying on a “preponderance of evidence.”

For these reasons, New York’s AG has been a high-profile political platform, boosting the gubernatorial campaigns of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.  In May, the position unexpectedly opened up when Eric Schneiderman resigned after allegations of sexual and physical abuse were reported in the New Yorker.
After the primary, the Democratic winner will face Republican Keith Wofford, a Manhattan lawyer born in Buffalo and educated at Harvard.  He’s getting traction on trying to stop New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council from putting a cap on app-based car services such as Uber. Wofford has said that, as a black man, he has “personally endured decades of race-based refusal from Yellow Cab drivers in New York City and I will not stand by and watch politicians take us back to the blatantly racist status quo that African-Americans were subjected to, prior to the arrival of ride-share services.”