FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2004
NEW YORK STATE
VISITS GREENE COUNTY
The Greene County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce that Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, "The People's Lawyer," visited Greene County on Monday October 18 from 4-7 pm. A reception was held at The Inn at Leeds, Main Street, Leeds.
Eliot Spitzer became the state's 63rd Attorney General on January 1, 1999. Since that time, he has advanced initiatives to make New York a national leader in investor protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, personal privacy, public safety and criminal law enforcement.
Spitzer's investigations of conflicts of interest on Wall Street have been the catalyst for dramatic reform in the nation's financial services industry.
His lawsuits against Midwest and Mid-Atlantic power plants will help reduce air pollution responsible for acid rain and smog in the Northeast.
His efforts to curtail abuses in the green grocery industry have been hailed as landmark labor rights cases.
His investigations of internet companies and direct marketers have resulted in new privacy protections for consumers throughout the nation.
His "code of conduct" was the foundation for the settlement that reformed the way the nation's largest gun manufacturer designs and distributes handguns.
His prosecutions of sophisticated white collar crimes have resulted in some of the nation's largest fraud recoveries.
Through these and other initiatives, Spitzer is building the reputation of the Attorney General as "the People's Lawyer."
Spitzer brings considerable experience to the office. He was a clerk to United State District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet, and, later, as associate at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.
He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan from 1986-1992, rising to become Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit, where he successfully prosecuted organized crime and political corruption cases. He also worked at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and was a partner at Constantine & Partners.
Spitzer has contributed great time and energy to community service, serving on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations.
Spitzer is a 1981 graduate of Princeton University and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Spitzer and his wife Silda, also a Harvard Law School graduate, live in Manhattan with their three daughters and also maintain a home in Columbia County.
Barbara Van Kuren, Chair
Greene County Democratic Committee