New Schleifer Ad: With Rockland and Westchester Residents Looking for Oversight and Accountability During COVID-19 Crisis, Schleifer Highlights Experience Working as a Consumer Protection Regulator Under Gov. Cuomo

Schleifer Emphasizes His Strong Record Taking on Healthcare Fraudsters and Standing Up to Bullies Under Gov. Cuomo and as a Federal Prosecutor

Schleifer’s New Ad Compares Sacrifices Being Made by Essential Workers and Health Care Workers to the Failures of the Trump Administration

New York – Adam P. Schleifer, Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 17th Congressional District, emphasized in his latest ad his ability to provide oversight and accountability for Rockland and Westchester residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schleifer’s ad highlights his experience as a consumer protection regulator under Governor Cuomo and federal prosecutor, during which time he spent years fighting healthcare fraudsters and standing up to bullies.

Schleifer’s latest television ad opens with images of scientists, healthcare workers, and first-responders who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These images of hope and recovery are juxtaposed with that of President Trump, who Schleifer says has grossly mismanaged the nation’s response to COVID-19, among many other shortcomings in the Oval Office.

The ad then cuts to a picture of Schleifer with Governor Cuomo, under whom Schleifer worked from 2013-2016 when he served in New York’s Department of Financial Services (NY DFS). Schleifer served as a Special Associate Counsel at NY DFS, where he led successful enforcement actions against predatory payday and subprime auto lenders. Schleifer led the first successful investigation and enforcement action against an “online lead generator” and its celebrity spokesperson, who were promoting illegal and predatory payday loans. Schleifer also had an instrumental role in the nation’s first-ever state enforcement action brought by New York under the federal Dodd-Frank Act, which shut down a predatory subprime auto lender. In addition, Schleifer took on improper practices in New York’s medical-malpractice and healthcare industries, and drafted parts of the consent order imposing a $485 million penalty in a major investigation into illegal foreign-currency trading practices.

Finally, the ad closes with a picture of President Trump with Sen. Mitch McConnell. Schleifer has recently called on the Trump administration to reverse their harmful tax cuts that favor the wealthy, fund states like New York in proportion to their economic hardship during COVID-19, and save the U.S. Postal Service for the thousands of Rockland and Westchester residents who rely on the postal service.

Up until he announced his run for Congress last winter, Schleifer was an Assistant United States Attorney, where he led investigations into and successfully prosecuted major financial frauds and other serious crimes. These cases have included handling initial appearances in the Los Angeles portion of the “Operation Varsity Blues” prosecution of college-admissions fraud, as well as prosecuting healthcare fraud, Ponzi, and other investment schemes, including those targeting a religious institution and its elderly members. Schleifer also participated in the reopened investigation into the Guadalajara Cartel’s murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena, and prosecuted sexual predators and sexual extorters while also working with victims of those terrible crimes. He charged and tried environmental crimes, including an elaborate “smog fraud” designed to circumvent the EPA and dirty California’s air, as well as an arson on federal land at the famed Joshua Tree. Schleifer also took dozens of handguns and assault weapons out of the hands of dangerous and violent criminals by prosecuting numerous federal felony firearm offenses.

The ad can be viewed HERE.

The full transcript of Schleifer’s tribute to frontline heroes and Gov. Cuomo appears below:

While our essential workers and healthcare heroes risk their lives, Trump let us down by ignoring science and giving us toxic advice.

I learned how to lead working for Gov. Cuomo as a consumer protection regulator. And as a federal prosecutor, I stood up to bullies and took on fraud in our healthcare system.

In Congress, I’ll put our health and our safety first. And I’ll make sure that Trump and his cronies will never put us in this position again.

About Adam Schleifer:

Adam Schleifer is running for Congress to serve the people of New York’s 17th District encompassing Rockland County and northern and central Westchester County. Adam, 38, graduated from Chappaqua’s public schools in 1999 and went on to attend Cornell University and Columbia University Law School, where he served as a Senior & Staff Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review. After graduating from law school, Schleifer served two years as a federal law clerk, first in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Schleifer then built a career at one of the nation’s leading law firms before reentering public service, first as a New York State consumer-protection regulator, and then as an Assistant United States Attorney. Schleifer has prosecuted regulatory and federal-criminal actions against predatory payday and subprime auto lenders; taken dangerous and illegal weapons out of communities; prosecuted crimes of sexual violence and predation; and protected our clean air by prosecuting a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act. Adam Schleifer and his wife, Nicole, are residents of New Castle.

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