Kathleen Rice Passes on Running for New York Attorney General

NY Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood is considered by some to be the favorite to serve out the remainder of disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's term.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said.

Former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman's application came with a similar caveat.

Yassky offered his support for Underwood on Twitter on Monday, describing her as "a superlative public servant and is uniquely equipped to serve as attorney general at this juncture".

Rice (D-Garden City) said she was encouraged by others to run, but noted that state law prohibits her from running for state attorney general at the same time she seeks re-election to Congress.Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, resigned as attorney general a week after four women he dated accused him of physical abuse and assault, opening a scramble for the post.

Barclay is one of two Republicans on the panel, which is controlled by Democrats because they hold the majority in the Assembly.

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 think it's an understatement to say that none of us expected to be sitting here today for this objective", Underwood told senators and Assembly members gathered Tuesday at a meeting room in the state Capitol complex.

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Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer".

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood being interviewed for the interim appointment in Albany. Mike Gianaris and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "I assure you that I can be that voice". "I know the work of the office already", she said.

A complaint filed by the New York State Attorney General's Office also accused Thomas of using his inaugural committee for more than $40,000 in personal spending between 2017 and a year ago, lohud.com said.

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

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

On Tuesday, James opened a campaign account for a potential run for attorney general.

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. Flanagan praised her qualifications.

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

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