Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

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New York's attorney general reports that for-profit telemarketers operating in the state have been keeping more than half of the funds they raised on behalf of charities, although the percentage has declined overall.

The report released Wednesday shows that telemarketers in 2013 raised more than $302 million, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and kept about $156 million.

About 48 percent, or $146.5 million, has gone to the charities' missions.

That share is up from 2012 when only 37 percent of the money went to the charities.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night. Local officials react to issues mentioned ranging from free community college to the state of the economy to raising taxes on the wealthy.

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There are growing calls in Albany for a special prosecutor to investigate police encounters with unarmed citizens that end in the death of the person.  Senate Democrats are the latest to ask for immediate action in the wake of the death of Eric Garner and other recent incidents.

New York State

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has defeated the former chief of staff for the state's last Republican governor to hold onto his job as the state's top lawyer.

  The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes,  while his opponent, John Cahill says  the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

Schneiderman: Moreland Commssion Was Governor's Show

Oct 29, 2014

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in his most extensive comments to date on the controversial Moreland Commission on anti-corruption, which is now under federal investigation, says his opponent is wrongly trying to score “cheap political points” by pressing the issue.

  The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing TV ads and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Commission.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, was with the commission. The commissions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to regulate such products as electronic cigarettes, 29 attorneys general, including from New York and New England, are calling for more stringent regulations.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schiederman today announced a new round of funding to improve communities across New York by restoring or demolishing vacant properties.

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The New York State attorney general has announced an agreement with a major bookseller to strengthen protections for mothers who breastfeed in its stores.