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Acting New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood was interviewed on May 15, 2018, by the New York Assembly. "She is a tremendously qualified candidate who could serve out the remainder of this term free of any political considerations", he said.

Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice announced Tuesday she would pass on running to become New York's attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigned. Mike Gianaris and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "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. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am".

Barbara Underwood, thrust into the job as NY state's chief legal officer when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he abused woman, said Tuesday she won't seek election to the attorney general's positon.

Yassky offered his support for Underwood on Twitter on Monday, describing her as "a superlative public servant and is uniquely equipped to serve as attorney general at this juncture".

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Abinanti began his interview by remarking on Underwood's qualifications, calling them "superb".

"We need someone who is going to run the attorney general's office and not be campaigning at the same time", Sen.

The remaining six attorney general candidates, including Humbach, Diederich and Zapesochny, will interview Wednesday.

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

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Among those who have spoken positively of Underwood, a Democrat, is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican.

Among those considering a run this fall are New York City Public Advocate Tish James, a Democrat who did not put her name in contention for the temporary position.

Underwood said she has no plans to run for attorney general in November, which she said makes her a better option for the position now during the interim period.

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