Monday, 21 May, 2018

Legislature interviews Underwood, others as potential successor to attorney general

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Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 15:33

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

"I won't be distracted as anyone who is going to run would be by the whole process of fundraising and politicking", she said.

Underwood, the former USA solicitor general, is one of 13 candidates who will interview with the state Legislature beginning Tuesday afternoon in hopes of filling out the final seven months of Schneiderman's term. "I have pursued the cause of justice in the courts, without fear or favor, for all of my professional life", she said, reading from a prepared statement.

Besides James, other potential candidates are former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who hasn't ruled it out; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who a source close to him said is moving closer toward a run; Fordham Law Prof. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am". "An Acting Attorney General not appointed by the legislature has no authority to take an official action such as seeking an indictment from a grand jury".

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

At Least 16 Killed in Varanasi Flyover Collapse
People look at the vehicles crushed under the flyover at the collapse site in Varanasi on Wednesday, a day after the mishap. Meanwhile, hectic work is going on to cut the fallen heavy span with the help of cutters to bring out trapped persons.

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

The remaining six attorney general candidates, including Humbach, Diederich and Zapesochny, will interview Wednesday.

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.

Candidates interested in the attorney general's job but who skipped the interview process include New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; Zephyr Teachout, whom Cuomo defeated in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary and state Sen.

She said some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General is actually the "National Association of Aspiring Governors".

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