Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Letitia James declares intent to run for NY state attorney general

Letitia James declares intent to run for NY state attorney general

Seven of the candidates, including Underwood and Abinanti, were scheduled to interview Tuesday.

But Maloney said in a statement that he'll forgo that interview, and that he supports the acting attorney general, Barbara Underwood, remaining at that post through the November election.

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

Underwood was New York's solicitor general until May 8, when Schneiderman resigned after he was accused of assaulting four women in acts that included hitting, slapping and choking.

Orange County Legislator Jim O'Donnell is the Republican candidate for the 18th District House seat.

Among the other candidates interviewed Wednesday were state Assemblyman Daniel J.

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"For all of those who are calling on us to affirm (Underwood) without us being deliberative, I think it is unfortunate because that's like hiring someone based on their resume", Heastie told reporters Monday.

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer". Mike Gianaris and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Underwood, the solicitor general who is serving as acting attorney general, led off. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am".

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

Voters will choose an attorney for a full four-year term in the fall. Zephyr Teachout, who created an exploratory committee this week; and state Sen. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".

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.

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