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Acting attorney general won’t seek election to the office

May 15, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s acting attorney general says she won’t seek election as the state’s chief legal officer after the job was vacated when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid a scandal.

Barbara Underwood told state lawmakers on Tuesday that she’s not interested in running for the office in November and intends only to serve out the rest of Scheniderman’s term if the Legislature appoints her interim attorney general.

The Legislature has the authority to appoint an attorney general, should the job become vacant.

A bipartisan legislative committee is interviewing 13 applicants including Underwood, the solicitor general, who is serving as acting attorney general.

Schneiderman resigned last week following a report by The New Yorker magazine that he physically abused four women he had dated. Schneiderman has denied the accusations.

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