Democratic attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman put out two releases today on his policy agenda if elected. He said getting tougher on gun violence “must be an urgent and top priority” for the next attorney general and serious environmental violations should be prosecuted criminally.
Schneiderman said he would establish an I-95 coalition of state attorneys general and state and local law enforcement to track and share information on gun crimes and sales between states. He would use wiretaps and physical surveillance to track gangs that give members illegal firearms and develop a “prosecutorial blueprint” for prosecuting gun crimes without impinging on the 2nd Amendment, he said in a statement.
“As Attorney General, I will immediately institute a multi-tiered plan to create an interstate strike force that catches illegal guns before they enter our state, and tracks these weapons through micro-stamping,” he said.
Schneiderman said he was responding to a rash of shootings upstate in recent days, including a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man in Syracuse, there were two fatal shootings in Buffalo, a woman was car-jacked at gunpoint in Rochester, several people were injured in multiple shootings in Rochester and a an was shot and injured in Poughkeepsie during the day.
Schneiderman said he would make sure the attorney general’s office has a team of specially trained environmental prosecutors, work closely with the state commissioner of environmental conservation, work with district attorneys and local police agencies on enforcing laws on the environment, combine prosecution efforts with civil-forfeiture actions to seize proceeds of environmental crimes and follow a “polluter pays” philosophy.
“Dumping dangerous waste can threaten people’s health and lives and cost our state jobs when land is left unusable. Forcing companies to pay restitution when they are caught may not be enough of a deterrent, and that’s why in the serious cases, we should consider criminal prosecution. As Attorney General, I will send a clear message that destroying the environment, our lives and our jobs will not be permitted under my watch,” Schneiderman said.