Acting Attorney General Won't Seek Election To The Office

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

The state Legislature began interviewing candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over a domestic violence scandal. "I think the framers of the constitution were smarter than we were, to allow us to provide the checks and balances against the executive branch that are necessary".

The Legislature has the authority under state law to appoint an attorney general should the position become vacant. Regardless of what lawmakers do with the vacancy, voters will determine in November who will get the next four-year term as attorney general, beginning on January 1.

Schneiderman resigned on May 7 following a New Yorker report that he had allegedly abused four women he had dated.

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 position.

"I'm not sure it's a good idea for this office to be run by a self-proclaimed short-timer", Gueron said.

The interim attorney general would hold the position until the election in November; the state Legislature could decide to leave the position open until then. She wants to stay in the role until someone new is elected and sworn in, vowing not to run herself.

Among the other candidates interviewed Wednesday were state Assemblyman Daniel J.

"What's going on tells me that even the Democrats who are interested in running for attorney general know that this process is tainted and they don't want anything to do with it", said Tom Dadey, Onondaga County's Republican Party chairman. O'Donnell of Manhattan, actress Rosie O'Donnell's brother, and Elizabeth Holtzman, a former congresswoman and New York City comptroller.

Underwood, speaking to reporters afterward, said she thinks the hundreds of attorneys who work in the AG's office were reassured by her quick assumption of the post of acting attorney general, just one day after the accusations against Schneiderman were made public in the New Yorker magazine. Republicans have criticized Cuomo for chiming in on the attorney general selection process, saying the state's top legal agency must remain independent from the governor's office.

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