ALBANY — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s brief appearance on the CBS show “Blue Bloods” last year was enough to earn him a $ 2,368 payout, his tax return showed.
Schneiderman earned a $ 938 appearance fee for his 10-second cameo on the show and another $ 1,430 in so-called residuals for additional airings of the episode, according to his office.
The attorney general is donating the money — and any additional residuals he receives from the appearance — to the Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund.
Schneiderman spokesman Amy Spitalnick said the charity seemed to be good match to the police-oriented nature of the show.
“The AG is proud to donate all income from his appearance on Blue Bloods to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund, an organization that provides vital support to the families of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect New Yorkers,” she said.
In the February 2016 episode, Schneiderman played himself as he attended the wake for a judges wife. He spoke about a dozen words and had a brief exchange with the character Erin Reagan played by actress Bridget Moynahan.
“We had a scene that called for a gathering of the major players in New York’s legal power structure,” Kevin Wade, the show’s executive producer told The Daily News at the time. “We reached out to the Attorney General and he was gracious enough to make time to appear in the episode. He did a fantastic job and his presence lends unique authenticity to the storyline.”
The donation to the fund was among $ 11,045 in charitable contributions made by Schneiderman last year. Among the others was $ 6,905 to his Manhattan synagogue, Congregation B’Na Jeshurun and $ 1,360 to the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
Schneiderman reported total earnings of $ 249,137 in 2016. He paid $ 48,080 in federal taxes and $ 24,434 in state taxes.