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Underwood Hopes To Keep Attorney General Post Through Election

May 15, 2018 - 7:21 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is promising that her office will continue to battle the Trump administration when it sees fit if she is allowed to keep the job through the election.

As WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp reported, Underwood is among more than a dozen people who hope Albany lawmakers will choose them to fill out Eric Schneiderman’s term.

"The sooner the Legislature can act, the better," Underwood said.

Underwood is eager to stay on the job through the end of the year, but promised lawmakers in Albany that she will not run in the election, and will not help anyone who does. She points to her resume as a former state solicitor general, and a lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

She took pride in the AG’s office’s battles with the Trump White House.

"In many ways, I feel this work is the most important work I have ever done. And I assure you the work will continue," Underwood said.

Hudson Valley Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Carmel/Shrub Oak) asked Underwood if she could keep the office from becoming another “political nightmare,” referring to Schneiderman and onetime AG Eliot Spitzer.

"I have every confidence that I would be able to keep the office a professional, non-political office,” Underwood said.

But some politicians want the job too, including Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinatnti (D-Tarrytown).

"We need someone who is not afraid to conduct ethics investigations; who’s not afraid to investigate corruption,” Abinanti said.