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Legislature interviews Underwood, others as potential successor to attorney general

Legislature interviews Underwood, others as potential successor to attorney general”

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who had placed his name into consideration to fill the vacancy in the state attorney general's post for the remainder of this year, has withdrawn from contention, but is considering a run for the post in the November general election.

The Cold Spring Democrat had been listed among 16 attorney-general prospects that a panel of state lawmakers was scheduled to interview in Albany on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the Legislature's selection of an interim appointment.

Thomas also argues that since acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood was not appointed by the Legislature, she has no authority to bring an indictment against him.

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

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.

"I don't see a drastic change; I would see my role as continuing to look at the cases proposed", Underwood said.

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer". Up first was the current acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, who is the favorite to win the appointment.

"I think all that will help me do this job", Underwood said. "But I can assure you that's not who I am".

"I'm not suggesting that I'm more qualified, I'm suggesting that I have different qualifications and that other qualification is having served in public office and that I'm aware of the policy issues", Abinanti said.

Republicans who lead the state Senate favor Underwood, as does Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office tells News 12 that they are well within their legal right to pursue the charges.

"It's time to put people ahead of politics, and ultimately let the voters decide who their next attorney general will be", Flanagan said in a statement.

Underwood has said she will not run in November.



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