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23 Feb
A grand jury has voted not to indict any police officer on charges related to the death of Daniel Prude.

My office concluded there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to present the case to a grand jury, and we presented the most comprehensive case possible.
While I know that the Prude family, the Rochester community, and communities across the country will rightfully be devastated, we have to respect this decision.

The current laws on deadly force have created a system that utterly failed Mr. Prude and so many others before him.
Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis, and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals.

Serious reform is needed in the Rochester Police Department and our criminal justice system as a whole.
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17 Feb
#BREAKING: We filed a lawsuit against @amazon over its failures to provide adequate health and safety measures for employees during the pandemic and for retaliating against those who voiced concerns for their safety.

Amazon put profits over people.
We found that Amazon failed to adhere to proper cleaning and disinfection protocols, refused to notify employees when colleagues tested positive for #COVID19, and didn't allow employees to take basic precautions to protect themselves from a fatal virus.
When employees reported these safety concerns, Amazon retaliated against them by unlawfully firing and disciplining them, in violation of New York's whistleblower protections.
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12 Feb
As we begin to celebrate the #LunarNewYear and welcome the year of the ox, I wish all who are celebrating a healthy and prosperous new year.

The ox represents strength and resilience, an important reminder to us all as we look forward to the year ahead.
在我们开始庆祝牛年的同时,我想祝你们新年快乐, 身体健康, 恭喜發财, 牛年吉祥。

牛代表着力量和韧性,这对我们在新的一年里,有很重要的意义。
흰 소의 해 신축년 #설날을 맞이하여 모두 새해 복 많이 받으시고 늘 건강하시길 기원합니다. 

흰 소가 상징하는 강인함과 끈기를 생각하며 다가오는 새해에는 소의 기운을 받아 모든 일을 잘 풀어나가는 한해가 되길 소망합니다.
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9 Feb
We're filing a lawsuit against two individuals who repeatedly and violently blocked access to a Planned Parenthood Center in New York City.

No person, no business, and no government body has the right to deny or limit a woman’s access to an abortion.
As recently as this weekend and on many occasions in 2020, these anti-choice protesters harassed, threatened, and used physical violence against patients and escorts who were seeking care at Planned Parenthood.
Local, state, and federal law explicitly prohibits obstructing access to reproductive health clinics.

We are also seeking a preliminary injunction to immediately stop these threats and violent acts and ensure patients have safe access to the care they need.
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4 Feb
#BREAKING: We’re delivering more than $573 million to communities across the nation that have been ravaged by the opioid crisis and holding @McKinsey accountable for its role in turbocharging this destruction.
For over a decade, McKinsey helped fuel the opioid crisis by promoting marketing schemes and consulting services to opioid makers, including Purdue Pharma.
 
McKinsey helped Purdue target doctors they knew would overprescribe opioids and made millions off of this harm.
As a result of today’s agreement, New York will receive more than $32 million and McKinsey will never be able to perpetrate this type of fraud and deception again.
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28 Jan
My office is releasing a report on our ongoing investigations into nursing homes' response to #COVID19 in New York.

We have been investigating allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.
We found that:
 
➡️@HealthNYGov's public data undercounted #COVID19 deaths in some nursing homes by as much as 50%
 
➡️Some nursing homes failed to comply with infection control protocols
 
➡️Facilities with lower staffing ratings had higher #COVID19 fatality rates
➡️Insufficient PPE and testing for nursing home staff put residents and staff at increased risk
 
➡️Owners of for-profit nursing homes have a financial incentive to increase their own profits instead of investing in more staff, PPE, and other safety measures
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20 Jan
My office stood up to the Trump administration every time it tried to trample the rights of New Yorkers and Americans across the country. 
 
We worked tirelessly to challenge this administration's illegal attacks — and we successfully stopped some of its most dangerous ones.
We successfully:

✅Protected #DACA and the right of #Dreamers to live here.

✅Preserved the integrity of the #2020Census & stopped the citizenship question.

✅Defended access to the Trusted Traveler Program.

✅Guarded the health coverage of millions who depend on the #ACA.
➡️Took dozens of legal actions to protect the environment, including over 70 actions in 2020 alone.

➡️Stopped attacks on the #USPS and attempts to undermine our election. 
 
➡️Protected women’s constitutional right to an abortion and reproductive care.

and so much more.
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14 Jan
#BREAKING: I’m filing a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department to bring an end to its pattern of repeatedly and blatantly violating the rights of New Yorkers.

No one is above the law — not even the individuals charged with enforcing it.
Our landmark lawsuit outlines the @NYPDnews' years of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers, most recently during racial justice protests in 2020.

This unlawful conduct has led to severe injuries and violated the basic right to peaceful protest.
The NYPD and its senior leaders failed to address this longstanding pattern of abuse by not properly training, supervising, and disciplining officers to prevent misconduct, despite knowing and publicly admitting that it violated the rights of New Yorkers.
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31 Dec 20
2020 was a year of great challenges, but we were still able to accomplish so much to protect the rights of all New Yorkers.

Our annual report highlights some of the biggest legal, policy, and community actions we took this year.

annualreport.ag.ny.gov
This year, we:

➡️Sued to dissolve the @NRA for years of self-dealing and fraud

➡️Led landmark, bipartisan lawsuits against @Facebook and @Google

➡️Filed 37 lawsuits against the Trump administration to stop its harmful and regressive policies
✅ Stopped the Trump administration's attempts to dismantle #DACA in the U.S. Supreme Court

✅ Protected New Yorkers' access to Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs

✅ Won a major lawsuit to block ICE from making arrests in and around state courthouses
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30 Nov 20
Today, we're going to the Supreme Court to continue our challenge against President Trump's attempt to politicize the #2020Census and exclude undocumented immigrants from the congressional apportionment.

We won't allow this president to put politics above the law.
Hoy, vamos a la Corte Suprema para continuar nuestro desafío contra el intento del presidente Trump de politizar el #Censo2020 y excluir a los inmigrantes indocumentados del reparto del Congreso.

No permitiremos que este presidente ponga la política por encima de la ley.
The Constitution & Census Act are crystal clear — every person residing in the US during the census, regardless of legal status, must be counted.

The president is trying to politicize the census to deny immigrant-rich states, like New York, our fair representation in Congress.
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1 Sep 20
Today I'm standing with @gillibrandny, @RepJerryNadler, and advocates to urge New Yorkers to complete the #2020Census.

Our democracy depends on the census, and we have to ensure the most accurate count of the population.

We have 30 days left. Image
From Congressional representation, to funding for our:
 
🛣️Roads
 
🏥Hospitals
 
🏫Schools
 
there is so much at stake. 
 
Complete the census today:

2020Census.gov
Hoy me presento con @gillibrandny, @RepJerryNadler, y activistas para instar a los neoyorquinos a completar el #2020census.

Nuestra democracia depende del censo, y tenemos que asegurar el recuento más exacto de la población.

Nos quedan 30 días.
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24 Aug 20
I took action to force the Trump Organization, and specifically EVP Eric Trump, to comply with my office’s ongoing investigation into its financial dealings.

For months, the Trump Organization has failed to fully comply with our subpoenas in this investigation.
Our investigation began after Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump’s annual financial statements inflated the values of his assets to obtain favorable terms for loans & insurance coverage, while also deflating the value of other assets to reduce real estate taxes.
We are seeking thousands of documents and testimony from multiple witnesses regarding several Trump Organization properties and transactions, including from Eric Trump, who was intimately involved in one or more transactions under review.
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6 Aug 20
#BREAKING: I filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct.

The @NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse.

No organization is above the law.
We are seeking to dissolve the NRA for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct that violate New York’s charities laws and undermine its own mission.

The NRA diverted millions of dollars away from its charitable mission for personal use by senior leadership.
Our lawsuit charges the NRA as a whole and four senior leaders, including Wayne LaPierre, with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws.

These actions contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA.
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19 Jun 20
We just finished hearing from our 100th witness over the past two days.

Our investigation of the interactions between the police and the public during the recent protests will benefit immeasurably from the testimony we have heard.
Thank you to our two advisors, former United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch and @barryfriedman1, Founder & Faculty Director of the @policingproject at @nyulaw for their participation.

Their commitment to fairness and equality was clear throughout these hearings.
Most importantly: Thank you to all the New Yorkers who bravely testified yesterday and today. Your stories are critical to our efforts to seek justice.

Thank you for your courage, for your voice, and for your drive to help this city and nation live up to our highest ideals.
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18 Jun 20
I understand the @NYPDnews is telling the press that they were not "formally" invited to this hearing. The NYPD was, in fact, invited on multiple occasions.
On June 10 at ~7:40pm, the Commanding Officer of the NYPD Legal Bureau, who has been liaising with our team on this investigation, was informed about the hearing and the @NYPDnews was invited to attend.
On June 11 at ~10:10am, a written Public Notice about the hearing was shared with the @NYPDnews via email.

This email was shared with the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters and the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the NYPD.
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17 Jun 20
STARTING NOW: Our public hearing on interactions between the public and police during recent protests.

Join us:

ag.ny.gov/livestream
My office is conducting an independent investigation into the NYPD’s actions throughout these protests and the policies and systemic realities that inform these actions.

Political protest is a fundamental civil right. One that must be protected against unlawful infringement.
We also must be clear what these protests are about: another life lost in a long line of unarmed Black people killed at the hands of law enforcement.

And a system that has allowed this to happen time and time again without making fundamental changes.
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30 Sep 19
We've filed a brief in the US Supreme Court as part of our ongoing lawsuit to protect #DACA.

Our lawsuit argues the Trump Admin's attempt to revoke #DACA was based on faulty legal analysis & harmed State residents, institutions, and economies.
Our government made a promise to DREAMers that they would be able to live their lives free from the fear of sudden, arbitrary deportation.

We will not allow the Trump Admin to continue this cruel crusade against these invaluable members of our society.
Hemos presentado un escrito réplica en la Corte Suprema, en nuestra demanda por proteger a #DACA.

Alegamos que los planes de Trump de revocar DACA se basa en un análisis ilegal defectuoso, y perjudica a residentes, instituciones, y a los sistemas económicos de los Estados.
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20 Sep 19
Two years ago #HurricaneMaria made landfall on Puerto Rico. We cannot forget those we lost because of that catastrophic storm & those who are still struggling to rebuild & recover.

New York will continue to help our fellow Americans. #LaIslaDelEncanto
Climate change has made our weather more extreme & storms more destructive. More than 3,000 were killed by #HurricaneMaria & countless more saw their lives devastated.

We have to do more to combat this crisis. #FridaysForFuture
Dos años atrás, el #HuracánMaría azotó a Puerto Rico. No podemos olvidar a todos los que perdieron la vida en ese catastrófico huracán, y a los muchos que aún luchan por reconstruir y recuperarse.

Nueva York seguirá ayudando a nuestros hermanos boricuas. #LaIslaDelEncanto
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21 Jun 19
The president has threatened to begin raids in NY & across the nation this weekend in an effort to round up thousands of migrant families.

As NY's top law enforcement officer, I can assure NYers we will do everything in our power to fight back against these inhumane policies.
President Trump’s use of migrant families & asylum seekers as political punching bags is a despicable act of racism & xenophobia that is antithetical to our basic human values.

It's an immoral & unconscionable act by a president & Administration hell-bent on dividing our nation.
If you want to check whether a removal order has been issued against you, you can call the Immigration Court Information System’s automated number at 1-800-898-7180.

If you need advice, call the Office of New Americans hotline at 1-800-566-7636.
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23 Jan 19
46 years ago today, Roe v. Wade was decided and a woman's right to choose became the law of the land.

In the years since, too many have tried to reverse it and infringe on this most basic right.
Today, New York signed the Reproductive Health Act into law, officially codifying this protection in our state.

But the Legislature didn't stop there.
They passed:

✅ The Comprehensive Contraception Care Act which protects New Yorkers' access to cost-free birth control.

✅ The Boss Bill which allows New Yorkers to make their own reproductive health decisions without the fear of reprisal from their employers.
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