Democrat Letitia James Defeats Republican Lawyer Keith Wofford, To Become New York’s First Black Attorney General




Contributed by Associated Press

Democrat Letitia James defeats Republican lawyer Keith Wofford, to become New York’s first black attorney general.

James is also a graduate of the Howard University School Of Law.

Danielle Holley-Walker had this to say about James’ victory —

“The Howard University School Of Law congratulates our alumna, Tish James, on becoming the first African American woman ever to hold state-wide office in New York. Tish James is an outstanding attorney and public servant and she will be a fighter for the people of New York state in her new role as the attorney general. Tish represents everything it means to be a Howard lawyer: visionary leadership, commitment to community, and using law as a tool to improve the lives of everyday people.”

“I’m not here to make history. I’m here to get things done,” James said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, though she said personal experiences with discrimination, including people hurling racial epithets or questioning her credentials, give her a different perspective than others who have held the office.

James said she would continue the state’s pending lawsuits challenging several Trump policies on immigration, the environment and other topics, and accusing the president’s charitable foundation of breaking the law.

James grew up in Brooklyn with seven siblings. Her parents were maintenance workers.

James said she wants to use her office’s regulatory powers to prevent foreclosures and home abandonment by having legal services lawyers work with homeowners embedded in the attorney general’s office.

She said she would also expand on the “worst landlords” list she introduced as public advocate by taking action against slumlords statewide.

“Conditions that threaten the life and safety of tenants — low-income tenants and tenants of color in particular — will not be tolerated,” James said.

James also intends to be tough on political corruption.

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