Leecia R. Eve, the daughter of former Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly Arthur O. Eve and educator and women’s rights activist Constance B. Eve, is running for Attorney General for the State of New York.
In addition to being more than qualified, this beautiful young woman, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is endowed with the Eve legacy of community service and “Politics for the People.” It’s in her DNA to fight and to serve as she seeks to win the Democratic Primary. “For most of my life, I have championed policies to improve our political system,” she stated. “ From the time I was a little girl helping my dad register people to vote to working on game-changing pieces of federal legislation like the Count Every Vote Act and the Violence Against Women Act, I have fought for real progressive change.
As Attorney General, our office will crack down on abuses of power that erode public faith in government, and we will empower New Yorkers with the tools they need to engage in a more open and transparent electoral process.” Candidate Eve kicked off her statewide campaign in Buffalo in June during a press conference at Erie County Democratic headquarters where she received the endorsement of the Erie County Democratic Party.
At the Buffalo press conference she thanked Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner for his “unwavering commitment and support in the face of political expediency and adversity.” It was Zellner, who in May at the State Convention, bucked Gov. Cuomo’s choice to back Leecia, who faces three primary opponents in the hotly contested race.
In July she was honored by supporters at her parents Jewett Avenue home, where Mrs. Eve, her mother, was also celebrating her birthday . Even the photographer who took photos of the event, Dorothy “Princess” Wagsaff, chimed in on Leecia’s campaign. “I was very proud to be in the presence of such great people like Arthur O. and Constance B. Eve, their highly accomplished daughter Leecia and their oldest son, Arthur (Champ) Eve who is accomplished in his own right,” said Dorothy. “Judging from her credentials and family history, (in my opinion) Leecia Eve is the best candidate for the office of New York State Attorney General and deserves our votes!
Former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant stated: “Not only does Leecia Eve have the government and legal experiences to become our next Attorney General, she has a deep commitment to public service that she learned around the dinner table from her parents, Arthur and Constance, who did so much for this community over more than a generation.”
Attorney General candidate Eve last week announced her plan to address election reform, corruption, and campaign finance reform as part of a platform to bolster public integrity in New York State. Eve’s plan will strengthen New York’s voting laws, aggressively target public corruption, replace JCOPE with an independent body, and create a more level playing field for political candidates, among other initiatives.
“New York State has been a progressive leader in ensuring our rights as citizens are protected, from civil rights to the women’s rights movement and the LGBTQ community, among others,” she said. ” As Attorney General, I will fearlessly and effectively continue in this tradition,” said Leecia Eve. “But when it comes to our voting laws and issues of corruption and campaign finance, we have a long way to go – and that’s on us.”
Eve attended Buffalo public schools and is a graduate of City Honors School. She holds an A.B. from Smith College a M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Eve began her legal career as a judicial clerk to New York State Court of Appeals Associate Judge Fritz W. Alexander, II. She served as an associate at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and as a partner at Hodgson Russ, LLP in Buffalo. She is the former founder and chair of Show Up New York, a state-wide organization that focused on increasing the level of civic participation among young people. Eve previously served in the Cuomo Administration as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Empire State Development. She also served as aide to Senators Joseph R. Biden and Hillary Clinton. She is currently the Vice President of State Government Affairs for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for Verizon.
“New Yorkers need a strong voice and a steady hand during these challenging times, “Leecia states in her campaign literature. “Whether it is defending the fundamental rights of our citizens, ensuring consumers are protected, combatting housing discrimination, or safeguarding our environmental resources, I will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers
“As New York’s chief legal officer I will ensure that everyone has a fair shot and an opportunity to thrive, and establish legal standards that will stand the test of time.
“New York currently faces unprecedented challenges — under attack by a federal administration that refuses to enforce, and seeks to roll back, progress we have fought hard to achieve. “
With your support, I will protect and defend our state against those who would seek to undermine the rights of our citizens and help make New York stronger than ever.”