Maloney says he'll decide soon on attorney general run

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara

Barbara Underwood, thrust into the job as NY state's chief legal officer when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he abused woman, said Tuesday she won't seek election to the attorney general's positon.

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.

Public Advocate Letitia James has filed papers with the state Board of Elections declaring her intention to run for attorney general in the fall. Among those interviewed Tuesday were Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti and Danny O'Donnell, and former Congresswoman and New York City Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman.

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.

"She is a tremendously qualified candidate who could serve out the remainder of this term free of any political considerations", Maloney said of Underwood, who has said she doesn't plan to run for a four-year term as attorney general. "We want to interview her and every other person".

"I don't see a drastic change; I would see my role as continuing to look at the cases proposed", Underwood said. Mike Gianaris and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am".

"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.

Though she said on the record she will not run for the office in 2018 elections, Underwood said she can bring stability to the position in the meantime.

"I'm not sleeping very much", she said with a laugh.

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

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