Eric started his career as a Deputy Sheriff, where he launched the first comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program at a local jail. Ever since, Eric has worked to transform the criminal justice system with innovative, progressive and smart-on-crime policies that keep our streets safe and our communities whole.
After 30 years, Eric authored legislation that finally ended the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which were not only unfair and unsustainable, but an economic and moral threat to every New Yorker. These historic reforms expand drug treatment as an alternative to prison, give judges more discretion to divert drug-addicted individuals convicted of non-violent drug crimes to treatment, and increase penalties for drug kingpins.
Eric is a national leader in the fight against illegal guns. Working with Mayor Bloomberg, Eric is the co-chair of Legislators Against Illegal Guns, a bi-partisan coalition of legislators representing suburban, rural and urban districts from around the country, united by a shared commitment to public safety.
As Attorney General, Eric will employ high-tech, multi-state strategies to fight illegal guns and gangs to protect our schools, streets and communities from violence. Because over 90 percent of illegal guns in our state are smuggled from other states with weaker laws, New York cannot solve this problem alone. We must implement a new regional, interstate and multi-state approach to illegal gun trafficking. Eric will lead an "I-95" coalition of state attorneys general, and state and local law enforcement agencies, to share and track data on gun crimes and gun sales between states.