Schneiderman Taps DiFiore, Spitzer Deputies For Transition

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Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman announced today dozens of former and current prosecutors to lead his transition efforts.

The Manhattan Democrat said former Attorney General Robert Abrams would be an honorary co-chairman for the effort to take over from Andrew Cuomo, who was elected governor.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, a Republican-turned-Democrat, was also named an honorary co-chairwoman.

“Because of the Attorney General-Elect’s dedication to legal excellence, the Office of Attorney General’s mission to protect the people of this state will continue to flourish. This committee is a reflection of the diversity that will undoubtedly become the standard of Attorney General Schneiderman’s administration. New Yorkers of every race, religion, political party or geographic background will have representation in the Attorney General’s office,” she said in a statement.

Schneiderman also tapped experienced transition staffers like Patricia Salkin, an Albany Law School professor who worked in transition committees for Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer.

Other transition committee members of note include AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross Levi and Citizens Union Executive Director Dick Dadey.

“As Attorney General, I am deeply committed to continuing the tradition of legal excellence and innovation for which New York’s Attorney General’s office has become nationally known,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “I am confident that with the help of this distinguished group of bipartisan leaders – reflecting a wide spectrum of geographic and cultural diversity – we will assemble an office above politics and partisanship, that seeks above all to be the best public interest law firm in America.”

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