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Attorney General candidate interviews begin

16 May 2018, 03:35 | Erica Roy

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The State Legislature on Tuesday was scheduled to begin interviewing more than a dozen candidates to fill the role on an interim basis until December 31, when Schneiderman's term ends.

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.

Disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - the latest famous man facing abuse allegations - is under investigation by Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini for an incident at a home in the Hamptons.

Public interviews with the candidates will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Sunday.

"I definitely think it should be an open process", Barclay said "There's a concern whenever the legislature gets to make an appointment to a statewide office - you don't want a backroom deal".

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer".


"I believe that, at this critical time, the Attorney General must be a stabilizing and strong voice for the rule of law", she said, noting that she has argued 20 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said.

He told lawmakers it "would not be a bad decision" if they were to keep Underwood in the interim role. "I know the work of the office already", she said.

Voters will choose an attorney for a full four-year term in the fall.

Names floated for potential runs in November include New York City Public Advocate Tish James, considered a likely front-runner, state Sen. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".

Though she said on the record she will not run for the office in 2018 elections, Underwood said she can bring stability to the position in the meantime.



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