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The New York State Attorney General

Daniel L. Feldman

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195387230.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The New York State Attorney General

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This article explores the fascinating and varied tools with which the New York State attorney general exercises power over lives and property. The New York State attorney general has become a major player in the national economy, and the office a steppingstone to the governorship. It is noted that law and tradition generally give the attorney general sufficient independence to exercise judgment in any given matter as to whether the responsibility to represent the public interest prevails over the responsibility to represent the attorney general's “other” client, the state, or the state agency being sued. New York State attorneys general have employed creativity, ambition, and intelligence to realize the full potential of their office to do good, a potential that developed over history and in response to the evolving social, economic, and political complexity of American society.

Keywords: attorney general; New York State; governorship; national economy; American society; power

Article.  16247 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions ; Politics and Law

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