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NY Attorney General resigns amid abuse allegations

10 May 2018

He said he would resign at the close of business on Tuesday.

"I am honored to serve the people of NY as acting Attorney General", Underwood said in a statement released after her appointment.

A third woman, Tanya Selvaratnam asserted that Schneiderman repeatedly slapped her and spat on her during sex without her consent.

The New Yorker article that led to Schneiderman's downfall thoroughly unmasked the Attorney General, revealing the cruel, abusive monster lurking beneath his progressive persona.

He also openly discussed his pardon powers, and reportedly even asked his aides whether he could pardon himself, though one of his lawyers denied it.

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If the state Legislature appoints a candidate, it wouldn't supersede the election.

"When you read those stories, reading the allegations, it definitely felt like numerous cases we see in domestic violence all the time", she said.

In his letter, Vance said Cuomo's decision in March to have Schneiderman investigate the Manhattan office's actions represented "an unwarranted intrusion by an elected executive into a charging decision by an independent prosecutor". As Democrats - including Governor Cuomo - now control the process, it's more than likely that the eventual selection of a new Attorney General will be a Democrat as well.

Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein has been mentioned as a possible successor, but she says she's not interested.

"It's very hard to lose a colleague under any circumstances, but it's not a surprise, in that we're now hardened to the reality of what's going on in our country. with respect to the way women are treated", Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum said. In 2007, when Comptroller Alan Hevesi resigned after a corruption arrest, the Legislature chose one of its own, longtime and popular Assemb. Thomas DiNapoli (D-Great Neck). That process will include interviewing interested candidates in Albany next week.

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A leading women's-rights group demanded Wednesday that disgraced ex-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman use his $8.5 million political war chest to benefit victims of domestic violence.

Hochul suggested there would be no such scrape over the attorney general vacancy.

Manhattan private attorney Manny Alicandro is the only other Republican to officially announce candidacy for the attorney general seat.

That year, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose career would come to a crashing halt the following year after he was implicated in a prostitution scandal, tried elbowing lawmakers into accepting his choice to fill the then-vacant state comptroller job. "It is paramount that not only women, but all New Yorkers, believe this matter is being handled fairly, and they have made it clear that you do not instill that confidence in them", the governor's counsel said.

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NY Attorney General resigns amid abuse allegations