ALBANY -- One of nominating speeches for Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Wednesday will be by a Long Island woman whose son died of a heroin overdose.
Teri Knoll of Babylon will nominate Schneiderman for re-election at the state Democratic convention. She will second the nomination for Schneiderman, who is being opposed by Republican John Cahill, a former top staffer for Gov. George Pataki.
A week ago at the state Republican convention, Cahill called the attorney general “silent Schneiderman.” Cahill’s criticism was in part for what the Republican saw as a lack of action by Schneiderman on the growing crisis of heroin use.
Schneiderman rejected the claim, noting that he started several programs and investigations against the growing heroin problem.
Knoll’s son, Timothy, died of a heroin overdose at 23 years old.
Schneiderman “has gone after drug rings, passed legislation to reduce doctor shopping, and started a program that will save lives by stopping heroin overdoses,” Knoll said. “I am grateful for his leadership in helping curb the heroin and prescription drug epidemic affecting too many New York families.”