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Attorney general unveils year-end review

The office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including economic justice, public safety, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights, labor enforcement and environmental protection.

“Across every bureau, our office has worked diligently this year to restore New Yorkers’ faith in the public and private sectors, and I am proud of the results we’ve delivered for the people of this state,” Schneiderman said. in the release “From pursuing the financial frauds that were at the heart of the economic crisis, to cracking down on government corruption, to rooting out fraud against taxpayers and consumers, to keeping our streets safe from crime, we are moving closer to fulfilling the goal of building the best public law firm in the country to serve and protect all New Yorkers.”

Among the report highlights are the appointment of Schneiderman to the new Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, a multi-agency task force created by President Barack Obama to investigate what led to the financial collapse and mortgage crisis; protected homeowners by fighting for a fair 50-state mortgage settlement; obtained a multi-million dollar settlement with Buffalo-based foreclosure firm Steven J. Baum PC; and recovered $1.6 million in excess Medicaid payments on claims by Kaleida Health through the Buffalo Women’s & Children’s’ Hospital Dental Clinic.

The full release and others may be found at