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Schneiderman marches in Labor Day Parade

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With Election Day fast approaching, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman followed a familiar campaign tradition by marching in the Buffalo Labor Day Parade Monday.

Last week, Schneiderman's Republican challenger, John Cahill, campaigned here. During a conversation with WBFO News, Cahill took Schneiderman to task for his quiet stance on the ethics investigation scandal that has engulfed the Cuomo Administration in recent weeks. 

Prior to the start of the Labor Day parade, Schneiderman held a news conference at the Buffalo Irish Center.  Since beginning a crackdown on unscrupulous business owners in 2011, Schneiderman said he has recovered millions of dollars for victims of such abuse.  He said his office has obtained $17 million in restitution to nearly 14,000 workers who were cheated out of their wages.

“Depriving workers of their wages or other lawful benefits hurts families and communities, and creates an unfair advantage for employers that disregard the laws," Schneiderman said.

"(The Attorney General) has sent a message that depriving workers of fair wages and equal employment opportunities will not be tolerated in New York State," said Richard Lipsitz, President of the Western New York Area Labor Federation.

Schneiderman encouraged any worker who feels that his/her rights have been violated to contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau at (212) 416-8700.