The Developing 2022 Race for New York Chief Law Officer


NY AG Letitia James is abandoning the position to run for Guv (picture: AG’s office)

With present New York Attorney General Letitia James introducing a project to be the next guv, the race to fill her seat is drawing in a growing swell of prospects.

James, a Democrat chosen in 2018, was planning to run for reelection and would have been greatly preferred to win, however Andrew Cuomo’s resignation developed a new playing field for the governor’s race and James decided to leap in.

With another “open” race for Attorney General, candidates from across the state and political spectrum with a wide array of resumes are either declaring or exploring candidateships to end up being the state’s top legal officer. The New York City Attorney General Of The United States is the attorney for the State of New York, representing the state in legal procedures of all kinds, and leads a large and effective workplace that is also responsible for handling criminal appeals, affecting a state’s approach to police, imposing federal and state laws, and acting as a representative of the public interest. There is a great deal of discretion involved in being Chief law officer as well, and various officeholders have had varied concerns, consisting of just how much they handle problems of national importance, Wall Street, environment change, political corruption, and more.The next New York Attorney general of the United States will be chosen by voters across the state through party primaries set for June and the basic election in the fall of 2022. The winner will take office January 1, 2023.

Since November 20, 3 Democrats and two Republican politicians have actually officially stated their candidateships for Chief law officer, though numerous others are exploring possible runs. New York has actually not elected a Republican statewide because Governor George Pataki won a third term in 2002 and has actually not elected a Republican state Attorney general of the United States considering that Dennis Vacco won in 1994. Democrats keep an enormous voter registration benefit, but Republicans are enthusiastic about 2022.

Below is a quick initial rundown of the active and pending candidates for New york city Attorney General, which Gotham Gazette will update periodically as the field establishes:


Shelley Mayer
State Senator Shelley Mayer revealed her Chief law officer campaign in early November. Mayer has represented the 37th Senate District, a Westchester district that consists of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye, and their surrounding areas, because 2018. Mayer is currently the chair of the Senate education committee however has a background in legal work, having actually acted as an Assistant Chief Law Officer from 1982-1994. From 2013 to 2018, Mayer likewise functioned as a member of the New york city State Assembly, representing the 90th district covering Westchester county.

In an interview with Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight on November 9, Mayer said that she views the position of Attorney General as having “unbelievable authority and power to make modifications in ordinary people’s lives,” mentioning former Attorney General Bob Abram’s used-car lemon law.

“I believe it’s numerous things,” said Mayer, when asked what specific locations she would concentrate on as Chief law officer. “Consumer defense, especially as we recuperate from COVID. Guaranteeing that, in regards to credit cards, insurance coverage, all the concerns that people handle, that we have all the defenses [required]”

Breeze Teachout
Breeze Teachout, a progressive professor at Fordham Law School, author, and former candidate for numerous political offices, announced her quote for Chief law officer on November 15.

Teachout is a star of New York’s left for her legal work, including require corporate guideline, trust-busting, government ethics and project financing reform, as well as her campaign versus then-Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014, 2016 congressional quote, and 2018 run for Attorney General.

After coming in second to James in that hard-fought 2018 Democratic main for AG, Teachout is attempting to make 2022 her year. In a four-way primary in 2018, Teachout got 31% of the Democratic main vote.

“As Chief law officer, I will defend bad, immigrant, and working class New Yorkers from business abuse,” Teachout tweeted on November 17. “We should make it too expensive to break the law. I’ll bring huge, innovative, cutting edge lawsuits to stop business monopolists.”

Daniel S. Goldman
The lead district attorney in Donald Trump’s 2019 impeachment, Daniel S. Goldman, announced his project for New York AG on November 16. Prior to acting as counsel to the House Intelligence Committee for Trump’s very first of 2 impeachments, Goldman worked as a trial lawyer, legal expert, and federal district attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted the Genovese criminal offense family along with numerous white-collar crooks.

“I think most notably we need to have one requirement of justice and everybody requires to play by the same rules,” Goldman said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe where he initially made his campaign announcement. “However I believe there are bigger battles out there that connect to both New Yorkers and to the country: voting rights are being limited around the nation, reproductive rights, environment change is an enormous issue, civil rights, criminal justice reform and holding the wealthy and well linked responsible.”

Maria Vullo
Maria Vullo, the former Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, entered the 2022 Chief law officer race in November also.

As the state’s top monetary regulator from 2016 to 2019, Vullo was selected by previous Governor Cuomo to protect markets and consumers from fraud and to supervise monetary services policy.

Vullo, a Brooklyn native, likewise acted as the chief of the Economic Justice Division in the Attorney general of the United States’s office in 2010 under then-AG Cuomo, and otherwise worked from 1988 to 2015 at the law office Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she was a partner.

After leaving the Department of Financial Services in 2019, Vullo has actually been running a private monetary advisory firm, directing a life insurance business, and is an accessory teacher at Fordham Law School, according to her LinkedIn account.

Throughout her governmental and legal profession, Vullo’s brand-new campaign site states, she passed cyber-security legislation, reclaimed cash on behalf of New york city State from big banks, and represented sexual attack survivors in court.


Eric Gonzalez
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has actually been considering a run for Attorney general of the United States and honestly talking about the possibility, including during several occasions in Puerto Rico for the annual Somos conference that occurred just after Election Day 2021.

Gonzalez is the first Latino District Lawyer in New York City history and would be seeking to become the state’s first Latino Chief law officer.

Starting in 2016, he filled the function of DA in an acting capacity upon the death of District Attorney Ken Thompson, then won the seat outright in 2017, followed by his reelection in 2021. He has actually developed a reputation as a progressive reformer and is being encouraged to run by a range of allies including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in part because he could be the very first Latino to end up being New york city Attorney General while bringing the only Latino representation to a statewide or citywide chosen position in the state or New York City.

Michael Gianaris
State Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, who represents the 12th Senate District that covers parts of western Queens, has actually been evaluating the waters for a possible 2022 Chief law officer bid as well. Gianaris has an effective role in the Senate and a credibility as a progressive lawmaker who has promoted causes such as bail reform. He is also known as the leading elected authorities who helped torpedo the deal to bring an enormous Amazon school to Queens.

Supposedly, Gianaris has $3 million ready for a potential race. Previously this year, Gianaris informed Gotham Gazette that he hoped Attorney General James would run for Guv but said till she made her choice it was prematurely for him to hypothesize on whether he would run for Chief law officer. He said he would not run against James for AG, but with her in the Guv’s race, Gianaris has because said he’s thinking about the run.

Melinda Katz
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is likewise preparing for a run for Chief law officer, sources told The City. Before she was chosen as Queens DA in 2019, Katz was a City board member, a State Assembly member, and then Queens District President from 2013 to 2019.

Running for Queens DA, Katz emphasized criminal justice reform, pursuing hate crimes more extremely, increasing workers’ rights, tackling real estate scams, and other concerns. As the district attorney in Queens, Katz launched an evaluation of possible wrongful convictions, as she had previously assured. In her very first year as DA, Katz established a review system for criminal cases that may have been poorly handled, causing 4 exonerations, and stopped prosecution on certain low-level, non-violent crimes.

Clyde Vanel
Representing District 33 in Southeast Queens, Assemblymember Clyde Vanel is likewise openly looking into joining the race to be the next New york city Chief law officer. Vanel has actually served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. and owns the Vanel Law Practice, which concentrates on copyright, service, and estate law.

Just recently, Vanel opened a project committee and has stated that, if elected, housing security would be an essential concern to tenure.


Michael Henry
Industrial lawsuits lawyer Michael Henry officially revealed his Chief law officer quote in August, getting an early start on the project. The Astoria, Queens local is vying to win the Republican election then general election to end up being the state’s first Republican Attorney General considering that Dennis Vacco’s term finished at the end of 1998. Henry has actually not held or looked for public workplace before this run.

Henry has actually so far been operating on criticism of Democratic political leaders and championing issues such as justice for families of assisted living home locals who died of COVID-19 amid choices made by the Cuomo administration, handling federal government corruption, reversing bail reform, decreasing violent criminal activity, and supporting police officials.

“Letitia James amazed no one by living up to ending up being an ‘AG’ or ‘aiming governor,'” said Michael Henry in an October 29 press release. “In anticipation of this move, extreme Democrats, like Zephyr Teachout, wish to take her leftist legacy even more. Others who supported, wrote and promoted bail reform and so-called criminal justice policies, have likewise floated their names as possible prospects for Attorney general of the United States, with no embarrassment about the criminal activity crisis they developed. These radicals likewise stayed quiet during the worst of the pandemic as COVID damaged nursing homes and their corrupt celebration head made millions off of a book.”

Joseph Holland
Joseph Holland, currently the handling principal at Kingdom Partners real estate group, has actually also gotten in the Attorney General race. Holland has run for Attorney general of the United States in 1994 and 2018, where he won 25% of the primary vote prior to supporting Republican candidate Keith Wofford in the general election.

In 1995 and 1996, Holland served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Housing and Neighborhood Renewal. He has had a substantial profession outside of politics, where he has worked as a lawyer, writer, entrepreneur, and ordained minister. Holland has operated at the Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker law firm, served as Vice-President of the Harlem Business Alliance, and co-founded the Beth Hark Christian Therapy Center.

According to his campaign website, Holland has 3 main platform points in his Chief law officer run: economic recovery, criminal activity and public security, and imposing the rights of New Yorkers. To assist fuel covid healing efforts, Holland states he prepares to develop a brand-new bureau, the “Economic Advancement Bureau,” to assist small businesses from the AG’s workplace. He likewise says he will combat gun violence by working with clergy and civic leaders to form brand-new criminal activity avoidance initiatives. Holland states as AG he would provide a “brand-new concentrate on the rights of victims in 3 critical areas: victims of weapon violence; victims in high-crime communities; and victims of hate crimes.”

John Sarcone
John Sarcone, Principal Lawyer of the Sarcone Law Practice in White Plains, announced his Chief law officer project in November. Sarcone has worked as the Town Attorney for the Town of Eastchester and Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Cornwall. As an lawyer, Sarcone has provided legal counsel to businesses, local federal governments and labor unions and his company focuses mainly on small business and family-owned corporations, building arbitration and litigation, insurance coverage defense, and federal/state court industrial lawsuits, according to his website. When revealing his entrance into the race, Sarcone stated public safety is crucial to his campaign.

“Our state has actually seen better days – with widespread criminal offense and a revolving door developed into our judicial system letting violent criminals back on the streets after they’re caught,” stated Sarcone in his campaign statement in front of the Westchester County Courthouse earlier this month. “I’m running for AG not to focus on simply a couple of prominent cases to raise my individual profile, but to bring sound judgment back to our justice system.”

Prospective Wild Card
Andrew Cuomo
According to reporting in ABC News 10BC News 10 and the New York City Post, former Democratic Guv Andrew Cuomo has actually been checking out a possible 2022 Chief law officer bid as a resurgence. Cuomo held the Attorney general of the United States’s workplace from 2007 through 2010, when he was elected guv for the very first of three times.

Though public opinion of Cuomo remains low following his fall from power in the middle of revelations of sexual misconduct and other scandals, he still has countless dollars in his campaign account that might be utilized to run for Attorney general of the United States or another workplace.


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