The Latest: Successor to disgraced attorney general chosen
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature’s selection of an interim attorney general (all times local):
The New York state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation earlier this month.
A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state’s top legal chief. Her appointment comes two weeks after Schneiderman abruptly resigned when The New Yorker reported that four women accused him of physically abusing them while they dated him.
He has denied the allegations.
Underwood, the state’s solicitor general, became acting attorney general when Schneiderman’s resignation became official May 8.
The office is up for election this November. Underwood said she wouldn’t run.
The New York state Legislature plans to hold a joint session to vote for the temporary successor to fill the attorney general’s position left vacant when Eric Schneiderman resigned earlier this month.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has announced that the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Republican-led Senate intend to cast a joint ballot starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Under state law, the full Legislature is required to vote on the attorney general’s replacement should the job become vacant.
Schneiderman officially resigned two weeks ago after The New Yorker magazine reported that he physically and verbally abused four women he had dated. He has denied the allegations.
Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, the state’s solicitor general, tops the list of applicants in the running to serve out Schneiderman’s second term through Dec. 31.