John Cahill becomes GOP’s pick for attorney general

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RYE BROOK — John Cahill, a top aide to former Gov. George Pataki, is officially the state Republican Party’s preferred pick for attorney general.

CahillA Yonkers resident, Cahill, 55, was unanimously nominated for attorney general by GOP party leaders at the Hilton Westchester this afternoon, as Republican delegates gathered to pick its statewide ticket for this fall’s elections.

He does not face a primary challenge, which means he will face off against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, in November.

“I am running for attorney general to be a strong voice for all of New York, an advocate that our citizens deserve and that justice demands,” Cahill said during his acceptance speech.

Cahill was Pataki’s top aide from 2001 through 2006. Prior to that, he was Pataki’s hand-picked commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Now, they’re business partners, running a consulting firm that specializes in the energy industry and infrastructure.

Pataki was among those who spoke prior to Cahill taking the stage.

“When I was in Albany, the success we had was because we had a great team, and the head of that team was a man of impeccable integrity, incredible passion and a love for this state and the people of this state, second to none,” Pataki said. “I could go on and on about John Cahill, but you’ve heard me go on in the past.”

Peter Ajemian, Schneiderman’s campaign spokesman, said Schneiderman “looks forward to talking about his record with voters in the coming months.”

“Whether it’s going after fraudulent financial practices, prosecuting more than 40 people in public corruption cases, or helping keep 25,000 families from losing their homes, Attorney General Schneiderman has spent his entire career working to ensure equal justice under the law for all New Yorkers,” Ajemian said in a statement.

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