Letitia James - Profile and Agenda
Thorough research of interviews, press releases, social media, news articles, scholarly articles, and New York state websites offered several findings on Attorney General Letitia James. This data includes endorsements by special interest groups such as the NYSNA and RWDSU, her remarks on the opioid related subjects, student lending, as well as information covering her current actions and agenda going into 2020.
Mentors & Influences
- Letitia James referenced Bob Abrams (New York’s attorney general from 1979 through 1993) as a mentor during an interview with the publication City & State New York.
- The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), the largest union and association of registered nurses in the state endorsed Letitia James in May of 2018.
- Letitia James received an endorsement from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in May 2018, stating "Whether through legislation or on the picket lines fighting corporate greed, Letitia James has always stood with labor. The RWDSU is proud to now stand with Tish."
- At their October 3rd conference call board meeting, the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans (NYSARA) Board of Directors unanimously endorsed Letitia "Tish" James for NYS Attorney General.
- Jed Shugerman, a professor at the Fordham University School of Law was quoted as saying that AG James has been chilled by Trump’s accusations that she is playing politics. “A prosecutor cannot be intimidated from doing their basic job of fighting fraud because a fraudster accuses them of politics.”
- WFP state director Bill Lipton said he disagreed with James' filing, arguing that it defends what he called a “politically motivated attack” on minor parties launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Quotes & Public Remarks on Opiods & Student Lending
- “Given the tragic, devastating effects of the opioid crisis, and the urgent need for additional drugs for the emergency treatment of opioid overdoses, my office will do whatever possible to ensure that there are no unnecessary impediments to the development of additional life-saving opioid overdose reversal drugs,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a written statement.
- On September 11th, 2019, Letitia James released a statement saying “While our country continues to recover from the carnage left by the Sacklers’ greed, this family is now attempting to evade responsibility and low ball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis. A deal that doesn’t account for the depth of pain and destruction caused by Purdue and the Sacklers is an insult, plain and simple. As attorney general, I will continue to seek justice for victims and fight to hold bad actors accountable, no matter how powerful they may be.”
- In November of 2019, Letitia James was quoted as saying “For more than two decades, the opioid epidemic has wreaked havoc on New Yorkers and Americans across the nation. After all these years of death and destruction, come January, the actions of the manufacturers and distributors of these deadly drugs will be presented in open court and laid bare for the American people. We are committed to holding those responsible for a role in the opioid crisis accountable and will not stop fighting for justice for victims.”
- “The opioid epidemic has ravaged American communities for over a decade, while a single family has made billions profiting from death and destruction,” Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
- “After all these years of death and destruction, come January, the actions of the manufacturers and distributors of these deadly drugs will be presented in open court and laid bare for the American people,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement in November of 2019 prior to a case brought by two Long Island counties.
- “The manufacturers and distributors of opioids are to blame for this crisis and it is pastime they take responsibility,” James stated in a press release in January 2019.
- “Despite a decade of honorable public service to our state and this nation, hard-working New Yorkers have been left with nothing but the runaround and broken promises,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “PHEAA’s abuses have not only denied these dedicated public servants the benefits they have earned, but have undermined the goals of the loan forgiveness program. My office will never tire in our efforts to hold companies accountable for their lies and deception, and will never stop fighting to advocate on behalf of our state’s public servants.”
- “Higher education is supposed to be a gateway to prosperity, not a trapdoor to financial ruin,” said Attorney General Letitia James. "Equitable scammed students by offering worthless services that were available at no cost. No longer will Equitable be able to prey on New Yorkers, and they will, instead, be forced to wipe the slate clean and forgive the loans of those it victimized."
- New York Attorney General Letitia James accused the Sacklers of “attempting to evade responsibility and low ball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis.” adding “A deal that doesn’t account for the depth of pain and destruction caused by Purdue and the Sacklers is an insult, plain and simple,” James said in a statement. “As attorney general, I will continue to seek justice for victims and fight to hold bad actors accountable, no matter how powerful they may be.”
- “Through years of false and deceptive marketing, these companies misled the public about the true dangers associated with opioids and failure to exercise their most basic duty to detect and report the perversion of opioids, this duty which is found in the law of the great state of New York,” James said. “We filed this lawsuit because these companies must be held accountable and New Yorkers deserve justice.”
- State AG to award funds to Buffalo, Niagara Falls for housing blight fight. Buffalo will receive $953,983 to set up a program that will identify landlords who can't afford to make code-compliance repairs as well as those who have the means to do so but are simply not willing to comply.
- Letitia James announced funds for improvements for housing in Syracuse. Close to $1 million in funding will be coming to improve housing and code enforcement in the City of Syracuse.
- Attorney General Letitia James is seeking changes in the new bail reform laws just passed by New York state.
- Letitia James is leading a group of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating key labor protections for workers.
- New York Attorney General James today joined a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to act on the problem of air pollution from upwind states that is fouling New York’s air and preventing the state from achieving compliance with federal Clean Air Act standards.
- AG James and coalition file two briefs against Trump administration’s attempts to block immigrants from securing visas.
- Attorney General Letitia James announced on February 20th, more than $1.5 million in grants for the Cities of Elmira and Binghamton as part of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (“Cities RISE”) program.