Resumes stacking up for much-coveted NY Attorney General job

Resumes stacking up for much-coveted NY Attorney General job

Schneiderman denies the allegations.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said.

One tumultuous week later, Underwood was the first applicant Tuesday to face questions from the bipartisan, bicameral committee of the Legislature, chaired by Democrat Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

"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.

"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.

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Underwood said she has no plans to run for attorney general in November, which she said makes her a better option for the position now during the interim period.

Among those who have spoken positively of Underwood, a Democrat, is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican. "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". Four women told the magazine Schneiderman, 63, physically and verbally abused them while they dated the attorney general, a Democrat who was running for a third four-year term.

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.

Eleven others are asking to be named interim attorney general.

Per state protocol, Barbara Underwood, who served as New York's solicitor general since 2007, was sworn in as acting attorney general by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York Court of Appeals on May 8.

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