State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in an appearance before a Long Island Association executive breakfast meeting in Melville Tuesday, said the sexting scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) is "a tragedy for him and has family," but added that the broader issue is Internet safety, raised in the early days of the scandal when it looked like Weiner was a victim of an Internet scam. "We do a [scam] survey every year," Schneiderman said of his office. "For the first time, Internet scams are at the top of the list."
Schneiderman vowed to take on Internet scams the way his office is pursuing government and private-sector corruption. And on the topic of corruption in the business world, Schneiderman said the public's confidence in the nation's financial institutions has been shattered by Wall Street scandals. The business community needs stability in the public as well as the private sector, Schneiderman said.
LIA president Kevin Law said in an interview later that stability is "something we have not had from Albany" in the last few years. Law called Schneiderman's speech "pro business."
Also, yesterday's executive breakfast was not the last of the season, Law said. In the past, the LIA has not always held such events during the summer months. But Law said he is looking to do one other event this summer.