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New York Archives Magazine: Online Speaker Series
New York Archives Magazine: Online Speaker Series

Tue, Apr 20


Online Event

New York Archives Magazine: Online Speaker Series

Join us for a conversation with former New York Attorney General and author Robert Abrams

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Apr 20, 2021, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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New York Archives Magazine: Online Speaker Series

Join New York State Archivist Tom Ruller and former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams as they discuss Abrams' journey in politics and pride in public service. Hear how he strove to make a difference for New Yorkers by launching landmark cases on environmental issues, such as Love Canal, and creating path-breaking initiatives concerning consumer protection and civil rights. 


ROBERT ABRAMS, born and raised in the Bronx, went on to become a crusading attorney general of New York from 1979 to 1993. As a reformer, he battled political machine bosses and special interests, winning historic victories for consumers, protecting the environment, and a woman’s right to choose. As president of the National Association of Attorneys General, he led attorneys general across the nation to protect the rights of all Americans. In recognition of his contributions to the people of New York State, the Justice Building in Albany was renamed the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice. Abrams is a graduate of Columbia College and the New York University School of Law.

THOMAS J. RULLER is the State Archivist of New York, a position he has held since 2015.  Tom began his career with the State Archives as a Senior Archivist in 1988.  Most recently, Tom served as the Director of Operations for the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department from 2007 to 2015.  Tom has been an active professional and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews on the use of technology in Archives and the preservation of records in electronic form.   He has been a consultant for several State governments and other organizations focusing on electronic records management and preservation.  Tom also served as the Deputy City Historian in his hometown of Gloversville, NY in Fulton County.

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