2nd round of interviews for attorney general being held

18 May, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Acting Attorney general Barbara Underwood speaks before a panel of state legislators Tuesday
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Several potential candidates for state attorney general are opting out of what the Assembly leadership is calling a transparent process to temporarily fill the vacancy created by the abrupt departure of Eric Schneiderman in the wake of devastating sexual misconduct allegations. "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".

"I take this responsibility very seriously and will do my best to ensure the residents of New York State have the most qualified and experienced person to serve as Attorney General for the next several months", Gallivan said in a statement. Underwood, the solicitor general who is serving as acting attorney general, led off.

"But we are here, after deeply disturbing allegations that shocked me and many others", Underwood told a bipartisan legislative committee interviewing 13 attorney general applicants over two days in Albany. Schneiderman has denied the accusations. She said that Cuomo had also made it clear in a conversation that he doesn't want her to seek election, but rather be the interim attorney general until December 31.

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

After answering lawmakers' questions for an hour, she held her first news conference since being sworn in May 8, a day after The New Yorker posted its article that led just hours later to Schneiderman's resignation. Among those interviewed Tuesday were Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti and Danny O'Donnell, and former Congresswoman and New York City Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout, New York CIty Advocate Letitia James and Rep Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Putnam County - all well-known in New York political circles.

A NY assemblyman has a suggestion on what former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman should do with his campaign funds. 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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