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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 8, 2022, elections for New York, Nassau & Suffolk

Letitia A. James

Letitia A. James is running for New York State attorney general

Letitia A. James

LETITIA JAMES

DEMOCRAT

BACKGROUND:

  • James, 64, of Brooklyn, was first elected attorney general in 2018, becoming the first African American and first woman elected to the job.
  • She led two investigations highly critical of ex-Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. One of them, regarding sexual harassment allegations, was a leading factor in Cuomo’s decision to resign in 2021.
  • She announced a run for governor but switched to running again for attorney general after most Democratic leaders lined up for Gov. Kathy Hochul.
  • She has a bachelor’s degree from Lehman College and a law degree from Howard University.

ISSUES:

  • She has led several probes of Donald Trump’s business dealings. One resulted in Trump being ordered to pay $2 million for misusing his charity to help his political campaign. An ongoing lawsuit against Trump, his children and his organization alleges broad financial fraud.
  • She touts a probe that led accused the Cuomo administration of undercounting deaths in nursing homes due to COVID-19.
  • She cites these high-profile cases in saying she will “never be bullied” by those in power.

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