Kathleen Rice Passes on Running for New York Attorney General

  • Kathleen Rice Passes on Running for New York Attorney General

Kathleen Rice Passes on Running for New York Attorney General

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood was the first candidate to go forward on Tuesday.

"I think all that will help me do this job", Underwood said.

James registered Monday with the state Board of Elections for a campaign committee to raise money for a run for attorney general. "I am confident that New Yorkers will choose an Attorney General who is worthy of our faith and our trust".

The State Legislature on Tuesday was scheduled to begin interviewing more than a dozen candidates to fill the role on an interim basis until December 31, when Schneiderman's term ends.

"She is a tremendously qualified candidate who could serve out the remainder of this term free of any political considerations", Maloney said of Underwood, who has said she doesn't plan to run for a four-year term as attorney general.

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer".

"I don't see a drastic change; I would see my role as continuing to look at the cases proposed", Underwood said.

"It's time to put people ahead of politics, and ultimately let the voters decide who their next attorney general will be", Flanagan said in a statement. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

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. "I know the work of the office already", she said.

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. Gueron served as the deputy chief trial counsel to Schneiderman's predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, who this year is running for a third term as NY governor.