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                      by Andrew Trunsky  New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday officially launched a bid for governor against Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul. James’ announcement comes just two months after the resignation of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo due to multiple claims of sexual harassment. As attorney general, James oversaw the five-month investigation into the claims, which the inquiry found to be credible. James’ announced her campaign in a video where she touted her wide-ranging lawsuits against various groups and vowed to be someone embodying a “force for change.” “I’m running for Governor of New York because I have the experience, vision, and courage to take on the powerful on behalf of all New Yorkers,” James said, adding in the video that she’s “held accountable those who mistreat and harass women in the workplace, no matter how powerful the offenders.” Im running for Governor of New York because I have the experience, vision, and courage to take on the powerful on behalf of all New Yorkers.  Lets do this, together. pic.twitter.com/JA21M19p5m — Tish James (@TishJames) October...
    (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James entered the race for governor on Friday, kicking off a Democratic primary clash that will immediately pit the progressive favorite against moderate Gov. Kathy Hochul, who took office this summer following the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.In a video announcement, James highlighted her New York roots as well as her work as attorney general and former New York City public advocate."I've spent my career guided by a simple principle: stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable, to be a force for change," James said. "We can do this if we stand up and speak out together."The next gubernatorial election in New York will be held in November 2022.James, 63, has been weighing a run at New York's top job for months and could become the first Black woman in American history to be elected governor of any state.Read MoreWith James officially launching her campaign, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams expected to formally enter the race soon and New York Rep. Tom Suozzi, a moderate from Long Island, rumored...
    Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her run for governor on Friday. In a video released on YouTube and Twitter, James said, “I have spent my career guided by a simple principle: Stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable to be a force for change.” “I’ve gone after the drug companies for fueling the opioid crisis,” she said. “I’ve fought for better conditions and transparency in nursing homes,” she continued, referring to investigating and releasing a report about the state of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, a matter for which now-former Gov. Andrew Cuomo came under fire. “I’ve sued the Trump administration 76 times, but who’s counting,” said James. Moments later, she said, “I’ve held accountable those who mistreat and harass women in the workplace, no matter how powerful the offenders.” James announced in August the results of an independent investigation that found that Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees. Cuomo resigned in August and on Thursday was charged with forcible touching of a former aide. “Today I am...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Attorney General Letitia James announced that she will run for governor of New York.In a video released on James' website, she lays out why she feels she is the change that New York needs.James is the first woman elected as state attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role.She is expected to be a formidable opponent. She has earned high praise for forcing the NRA into bankruptcy, for prosecuting former President Donald Trump and for launching the investigation into Cuomo that forced him from office.James joins current Governor Kathy Hochul in the race, Hochul has already said she will run.Hochul replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo who resigned after a sexual harassment investigation headed by James.Hochul said she's not worried about James and has been focused on her job.She has been running at a break-neck pace since taking over Aug. 24."So you're going to continue to see me out," Hochul said. "This is not a tragedy to convince anybody of anything. This is who I am and this is how I govern."Also potentially...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James announces run for governor, challenging incumbent Gov. Hochul in Cuomo aftermath. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, May 21, 2021.Brendan McDermid | Reuters New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced she will run for governor next year. James's announcement, which was expected, puts her at odds with Gov. Kathy Hochul, another Democrat, who intends to seek election on her own after recently taking off upon the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo had resigned after James issued the results of an investigation that he had sexually harassed nearly a dozen women, including current and former staffers. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Attorney General Letitia James officially launched her bid for governor Friday. Check back with CBS2, CBSN New York and CBSNewYork.com for more on this breaking news.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James is reportedly getting ready to announce a run for governor. The New York Times reports the announcement could come as soon as Thursday. A spokesperson tells CBS2 that James has made a decision regarding the governor’s race, and she will be announcing it in the coming days. James would become the biggest Democratic challenger so far to Gov. Kathy Hochul, who has announced she is seeking re-election.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A source close to Attorney General Letitia James says she is preparing to announce a run for governor of New York.The announcement could come as early as Thursday.Current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has already said she will run.Hochul replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo who resigned after a sexual harassment investigation headed by James.RELATED | Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa trade attacks in final New York City mayoral debateEMBED More News Videos Josh Einiger has more on the heated final debate between New York City mayoral candidates Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Submit a News Tip
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to three people directly familiar with her plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. James will enter the race as a formidable candidate for the Democratic nomination just months after issuing a damning report that drove Andrew Cuomo from office in a sexual harassment scandal. The three people familiar with her plans were not authorized to speak publicly. James is expected to make an announcement later this week, according to one of the people. Messages seeking comment were left with James’ office and several of her advisers. James, 62, is the first woman elected as New York’s attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role. With a power base in New York City, she is poised to be a top threat to Gov. Kathy Hochul, who had been Cuomo’s lieutenant governor. Hochul, who is from the Buffalo area, entered office with a reputation as a political centrist but has been striving to win over New York City progressives,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — AP Sources: New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat who investigated Trump and Cuomo, will run for governor. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LETITIA James is the 67th attorney general of New York state. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected attorney general. 2Letitia James is the 67th attorney general of the state of New YorkCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Letitia James? James was born on October 18, 1958, and grew up in Brooklyn. Known as "Tish," she graduated from Lehman College and Howard University School of Law before launching her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society. James, a Democrat, was elected public advocate for New York City in 2013 and won the statewide attorney general post five years later. "With decades of work, she is an experienced attorney and public servant with a long record of accomplishments," reads her bio. According to Bloomberg News, she scored a series of legal victories over the Donald Trump administration, including housing discrimination. “No one like her has ever been in this position before, and she is seizing the opportunity,” former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn told...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James is making an announcement Tuesday amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made by former staffers of the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo. The investigation began in March after at least five former staffers to Cuomo came forward to describe what they said was inappropriate behavior by the governor. Charlotte Bennett, who was the governor's executive assistant and a health policy adviser, said in a March interview with CBS News that Cuomo said he was comfortable dating 22-year-olds and was looking for a girlfriend. She said he asked about her sexual relationships. Bennett said that during a one-on-one meeting on June 5, 2020, Cuomo asked multiple questions that led her to the conclusion that, "the governor's trying to sleep with me." "Without explicitly saying it, he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely," she said. The Wall Street Journal reported that Ana Liss, a woman who served as a policy and operations aide to Cuomo between 2013 and 2015, said that Cuomo had once asked...
    (CNN)The National Rifle Association has withdrawn its federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, where it alleges she violated the organization's constitutional right and asks for a jury to determine it's been operating lawfully in the state.The NRA says in a statement that it "voluntarily" withdrew this suit "in favor of pursuing the same claims against James in New York State court in Manhattan." It filed a similar suit in New York state court in February.Judge dismisses NRAs bankruptcy petition, allowing New York AG lawsuit to move forward"The NRA dropping its countersuit today in federal court is an implicit admission that their strategy would never prevail," James said in a statement. "The truth is that Wayne LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA as a breeding ground for personal gain and a lavish lifestyle. We were victorious against the organization's attempt to declare bankruptcy, and our fight for transparency and accountability will continue because no one is above the law."This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    A powerful police union boss in New York City has slammed the state's attorney general after she proposed sweeping reform legislation that would make it 'impossible' for officers to discern if use of force is permitted. Pat Lynch, the head of the Police Benevolent  Association for the City of New York, ripped into the proposal from Attorney General Letitia James while noting that 'violent criminals' are not hesitating in using force against cops. James' proposal, revealed on Friday, comes after her frustrations regarding the lack of prosecution after the death of Daniel Prude - the 41-year-old black man who died while he was handcuffed, naked and had a spit hood placed over his head. 'This sweeping proposal would make it impossible for police officers to determine whether or not we are permitted to use force in a given situation,' said Lynch, who endorsed Donald Trump for president in the 2020 election,' he said. 'The only reasonable solution will be to avoid confrontations where force might become necessary. Meanwhile, violent criminals certainly aren't hesitating to use force against police officers or...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York state Attorney General wants sweeping new legislation to try to hold police more accountable. It would change laws governing excessive use of force. READ MORE: Students Work With Nonprofit Group To Grow And Maintain Hydroponic Farms To Fight Food Insecurity In New York City As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports., the legislation seeks to change New York’s law that justifies police use of force. Attorney General Letitia James says the standard is too high for prosecutors seeking justice against officers who have gone too far, but police say the law will put officers’ lives at risk. “Our goal today is to preserve lives by making sure that under the law lethal force is a last resort,” James said. James says in light of the George Floyd killing and other instances of police brutality, she wants to change the law governing use of force by police “from one of simple necessity to one of absolute last resort, mandating that police officers only use force after all other alternatives have been exhausted.” “It will mandate that...
    New York's attorney general is now investigating the Trump Organization for criminal offenses, it emerged on Tuesday night. The office, led by Letitia James, had been investigating the company for civil tax offenses since 2018. The investigation has now escalated. 'We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature,' said Fabien Levy, a spokesman for the office.  'We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.' The district attorney's office, led by Cyrus Vance, has been investigating possible criminal tax fraud. 
    New York State Attorney General Letitia JamesDrew Angerer | Getty Images New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday that her office is continuing to actively investigate the Trump Organization's alleged inflation and deflation of property values to evade tax liability in the state and receive other financial benefits. James also said that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow the Manhattan District Attorney office to obtain eight years of former President Donald Trump's income tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation would not affect her own ongoing civil probe. That ruling, issued Monday, "doesn't change the tenor of our lawsuit," James said in an interview for The New York Times's DealBook DC Policy Project. "We will continue our investigation and upon completion we will announce our findings," James said. James also said the Supreme Court's ruling would not mean that her office would get Trump's tax records from Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., who is expected to receive them this week from the former president's accounting firm through a grand jury subpoena. "There's a...
    New York : New York Attorney General Leticia James Photo: Michael M. Santiago / . President Joe biden kept his promise of suspend deportations, which he did for 100 days, in order to review the policies to be followed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, but his initiative faces a lawsuit from the Texas Attorney. Judge Drew tipton has blocked the moratorium for two 14-day periods, but a group of 16 prosecutors led by the New York Attorney General, Letitia james they joined the defense of the Biden Administration. Sofia Quintanar, head of Hispanic media at the Attorney General of Nueva Yor, explains to Daniel Parra, of City without Limits, already Jesus Garcia, of The newspaper, how Prosecutor James and other prosecutors joined this legal battle and what their help consists of. What is an ‘amicus’? Why is it important for a coalition of prosecutors to join the legal battle for immigrants? What are other successful efforts that Attorney James has led on behalf of immigrants? Why is it important to defend immigrants...
    Retail giant Amazon sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday after she threatened legal recourse over a protest at one of the company's facilities during the beginning of the pandemic. Amazon came under fire in March 2020 when a number of workers demonstrated in a Staten Island warehouse, which employs 5,000 people, to demand stronger coronavirus protocols. Christian Smalls, an Amazon worker, was terminated by top brass after leading his colleagues out of the facility during a lunch break, drawing condemnation from Empire State leaders, including James, who initiated an investigation into the corporation's conduct. Amazon accused James of violating federal labor laws when she threatened legal action and demanded that the company hand over profits, according to a complaint obtained by the Washington Examiner. On March 30, around the time of Smalls's protest, city authorities inspected the retail giant's facility and indicated that it passed guidelines on social distancing, shift separations, and temperature checks. Attorneys for Amazon called the investigation and the apparent worker strike "baseless." James, who has filed a number of...
    'We found a pattern of deeply concerning and unlawful practices that the NYPD utilized in response to these largely peaceful protests,' said Attorney General Letitia James. New York's attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, calling the rough treatment of protesters against racial injustice last spring part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision, and discipline. Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit includes dozens of examples of alleged misconduct during the spring demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's police killing, including the use of pepper spray and batons on protesters, trapping demonstrators with a technique called kettling, and arresting medics and legal observers. "We found a pattern of deeply concerning and unlawful practices that the NYPD utilized in response to these largely peaceful protests," James said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit.
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and its leadership for their alleged “brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters.” “There is no question that the NYPD engaged in a pattern of excessive, brutal, and unlawful force against peaceful protesters,” James said in a statement. “Over the past few months, the NYPD has repeatedly and blatantly violated the rights of New Yorkers, inflicting significant physical and psychological harm and leading to great distrust in law enforcement. With today’s lawsuit, this longstanding pattern of brutal and illegal force ends.” “No one is above the law – not even the individuals charged with enforcing it,” the statement continued. Following a investigation into allegations of police brutality against protesters, James alleged in the suit that members of the NYPD have a “pattern of responding to racial justice and related protests with gratuitous force.” Since May 30, her office has received more than 1,300 complains and pieces of evidence of misconduct, the statement said. (RELATED: Biden Says Black Lives Matter Protesters Would ‘Have...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office’s special investigations and prosecutions unit is looking into the death of Sofia Gomez, a pedestrian who died three days after she was hit by an NYPD cruiser. It happened at the corner of Pelham Parkway and Wallace Avenue in the Bronx on Oct. 5. Police said Gomez was in a crosswalk when she was hit by a cruiser that was responding to another officer’s call for backup at a traffic stop on the Throgs Neck Bridge. MORE: Woman Struck By Police Cruiser In The Bronx, Taken To Hospital In Critical Condition Police gave Gomez CPR before she was rushed to the hospital, where she died on Oct. 8. The marked patrol car had its flashing lights and siren on, police said. The attorney general is authorized to investigate cases where a police officer causes the death of an unarmed civilian, and prosecute if warranted. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here. (© Copyright 2020 CBS...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office’s special investigations and prosecutions unit is looking into the death of Sofia Gomez, a pedestrian who died three days after she was hit by an NYPD cruiser. It happened at the corner of Pelham Parkway and Wallace Avenue in the Bronx on Oct. 5. Police said Gomez was in a crosswalk when she was hit by a cruiser that was responding to another officer’s call for backup at a traffic stop on the Throgs Neck Bridge. MORE: Woman Struck By Police Cruiser In The Bronx, Taken To Hospital In Critical Condition Police gave Gomez CPR before she was rushed to the hospital, where she died on Oct. 8. The marked patrol car had its flashing lights and siren on, police said. The attorney general is authorized to investigate cases where a police officer causes the death of an unarmed civilian, and prosecute if warranted. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here. (© Copyright 2020 CBS...
    Letitia James claimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) was a “terrorist organization” during an interview with Ebony magazine, one week before she was elected to the office of New York attorney general. James won the November 6, 2018, election for New York attorney general. A week before that, on October 31, 2018, Ebony asked James, “What is the most important issue you have heard from prospective voters?” She gave a broad-based response, which included tying “gun violence” to the repeal of the individual mandate in Obamacare. Here is an excerpt of James’s response: The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence. The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization. On August 6, 2020, James made news by bringing a lawsuit—New York vs. National Rifle...
    New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference announcing a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA on August 06, 2020 in New York City. New York State Attorney General Letitia filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association charging the organization as a whole as well as Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and CFO Wilson Phillips, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow state and federal laws. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan after an 18-month investigation, highlighted misspending and self-dealing allegations that have roiled the NRA and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, in recent years...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she was suing the NRA, claiming its former leadership mismanaged funds and doled out lucrative, fake deals to former employees to fund their lavish lifestyles.  James - who is a vocal Trump critic and is anti-guns -issued a press release on Thursday announcing the lawsuit shortly before a scheduled press conference. She had teased the press conference on Wednesday, saying it was a 'big announcement'.  James claims that former Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson 'Woody' Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer used the NRA as a 'personal piggy bank'.  She claims in her lawsuit that they used NRA funds to pay for 'trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, and expensive meals.'   In a statement, James said:'The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets.  'The NRA is fraught...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Attorney General Letitia James is set to provide and update Wednesday on her investigation into recent protests and the actions of police. Her office held public hearings last month, with testimony from more than 100 witnesses. James is probing the NYPD’s response to weeks of demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd. GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS CBS2’s Maurice DuBois, Documentary Filmmaker Marshall Curry Discuss Where The Conversation About Race Goes From Here Public Advocate Jumaane Williams On What’s Next With Race In America Having The Difficult But Important Conversation About Race How To Be A Part Of Making Change Beyond Protesting Schomburg Center Releases ‘Black Liberation Reading List’ Child Psychologist On Talking About Race & Activism Complete CBS2 Coverage More From Minneapolis From NYPD vehicles lurching into crowds to Molotov cocktails being thrown at police cruisers, cameras have captured tense and sometimes violent moments between protesters and police in the wake of George Floyd‘s killing. Some officers were disciplined by the department for actions observed during the protests. PHOTO GALLERY: George Floyd’s Death Prompts Days Of Protests In NYC
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