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

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

Schneiderman announced his departure less than four hours after New Yorker published the article by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, which detailed the claims of four women who say they were in abusive relationships with the Democrat.

"G$3 iven the timing of Eric Schneiderman's resignation and the current state law prohibiting candidates from seeking two offices simultaneously, I have determined that I can not run for Attorney General at this time", she said. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

The news comes days after she withdrew her name from consideration for appointment as interim AG to temporarily replace Eric Schneiderman - who resigned in disgrace amid allegations he physically abused four women. "An Acting Attorney General not appointed by the legislature has no authority to take an official action such as seeking an indictment from a grand jury". "I have pursued the cause of justice in the courts, without fear or favor, for all of my professional life", she said, reading from a prepared statement.

Underwood, who said she was stunned by the "deeply disturbing" accusations, said she views herself as a competent caretaker who will provide continuity in the attorney general's office.

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

"I'm not suggesting that I'm more qualified, I'm suggesting that I have different qualifications and that other qualification is having served in public office and that I'm aware of the policy issues", Abinanti said.

Eleven others are asking to be named interim attorney general.

Among those who have spoken positively of Underwood, a Democrat, is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican. One of these, Nicole Gueron, is a founding partner at Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP.

The interviews will continue Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. "Earlier today, Governor [Andrew] Cuomo indicated that he may appoint a special prosecutor to investigate this matter".