Barbara Underwood the favorite as interviews for Eric Schneiderman's replacement begin

Barbara Underwood the favorite as interviews for Eric Schneiderman's replacement begin

Barclay, an eight-term Republican and deputy minority leader of the Assembly, said the special panel of lawmakers will review resumes of 16 candidates for the appointment and make recommendations to the full state Legislature.

Underwood, speaking to reporters afterward, said she thinks the hundreds of attorneys who work in the AG's office were reassured by her quick assumption of the post of acting attorney general, just one day after the accusations against Schneiderman were made public in the New Yorkermagazine.

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

She was appointed NY solicitor general, the state's No. 2 legal position, by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2007.

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

"But we are here, after deeply disturbing allegations that shocked me and many others, and that caused the prior attorney general to resign", Underwood said. "We want to interview her and every other person". "I assure you that I can be that voice".

He told lawmakers it "would not be a bad decision" if they were to keep Underwood in the interim role.

Thomas Abinanti, the next applicant whom the committee considered Tuesday, joked that the room had already cleared out, and that the state "could do a lot worse" than Underwood.

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 past year, lohud.com said. They include Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New York City Public Advocate Tish James and Zephyr Teachout, who was a Democratic primary candidate for governor in 2014.

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

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.

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

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