Attorney General Schneiderman visits Southern Tier

By Caroline Goggin

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 6:53 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Ithaca Wednesday and spoke with Action News about changes being implemented within the state.

One of these changes involves a new program that is supplying police officers across the state with Narcan. This new product can be injected like a nasal inhalant.

The state performed a pilot program with Narcan in Suffolk County, which saved more than 170 lives.

$5 million dollars of joint federal-state assets is being applied to state departments, including those who serve the SUNY campuses.

"This is a life saving product," said Schneiderman (D). "We have had an overwhelming response, I think. More than 200 police departments have already applied and we have been providing the funding to them. These kits are simple. They are small, easy to carry. My own investigators carry them now. And we know they are out there saving lives."

Another change involves a $16 billion dollar settlement with Bank of America, with $800 million of it going to New York, according to the attorney general.

The settlement is the largest in U.S. history with a single institution.

A final change involves efforts to keep local law enforcement safe, which is an issue the attorney general believes everyone should be concerned about.

"Whose job is to run toward dangerous situations so the rest of us can flee dangerous situations?" said Schneiderman. "We should make sure they have everything that they can possibly have to keep them safe. And if the federal government is not going to fund it then my office is going to be right in there working creatively to find other ways to provide it."

Schneiderman is up for reelection in November. He will be competing against Republican nominee John Cahill.

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