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Schneiderman calls out state Board of Elections

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NEW YORK -- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement on efforts to weaken the state Board of Elections Independent Enforcement Counsel: 

"Risa Sugarman has been a critical partner in my office's fight to root out fraud and abuse in our state's campaign finance system. By working with a strong, independent Enforcement Counsel at the Board of Elections, we've held public officials accountable time and again for breaking the law and cheating New Yorkers.
It is deeply disturbing that the Board of Elections would consider gutting one of the few tools that exist to root out public corruption in New York—or sideline a dedicated professional like Risa Sugarman who is committed to upholding the rule of law.
Any weakening of the Enforcement Counsel's authority or independence would only encourage more corruption across New York State. The Board of Elections should reject any proposal that does so, without delay."