Monday, 28 May, 2018

Barbara Underwood the favorite as interviews for Eric Schneiderman's replacement begin

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Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became acting AG when Schneiderman resigned last week.

But at least three of the other candidates think Underwood - who some lawmakers have already said they favor for the interim job - may be the best qualified to serve out Schneiderman's term.

Underwood was New York's solicitor general until May 8, when Schneiderman resigned after he was accused of assaulting four women in acts that included hitting, slapping and choking.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

Yassky offered his support for Underwood on Twitter on Monday, describing her as "a superlative public servant and is uniquely equipped to serve as attorney general at this juncture".

Barbara Underwood, thrust into the job as NY state's chief legal officer when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he abused woman, said Tuesday she won't seek election to the attorney general's positon.

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He told lawmakers it "would not be a bad decision" if they were to keep Underwood in the interim role.

Underwood, who said she was stunned by the "deeply disturbing" accusations, said she views herself as a competent caretaker who will provide continuity in the attorney general's office.

"I'm not sleeping very much", she said with a laugh.

A complaint filed by the New York State Attorney General's Office also accused Thomas of using his inaugural committee for more than $40,000 in personal spending between 2017 and past year, lohud.com said.

Thomas Abinanti, the next applicant whom the committee considered Tuesday, joked that the room had already cleared out, and that the state "could do a lot worse" than Underwood. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors". Mike Gianaris, Public Advocate Letitia James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara - opted to sit out the selection process.

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