Letitia James declares intent to run for NY state attorney general

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

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. Schneiderman has denied the accusations.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said lawmakers will do their due diligence before appointing Underwood or anyone else. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

She said it's been a busy week, and she considers it a great challenge during what she called an important time in the country.

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. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".

"I'm not sleeping very much", she said with a laugh.

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Among those who have spoken positively of Underwood, a Democrat, is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican. He said he and his colleagues take their constitutional duties seriously and are "unbowed" by the pressure. "I think the framers of the constitution were smarter than we were, to allow us to provide the checks and balances against the executive branch that are necessary".

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office tells News 12 that they are well within their legal right to pursue the charges.

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.

Just ask the other candidates for the job.

Per state protocol, Barbara Underwood, who served as New York's solicitor general since 2007, was sworn in as acting attorney general by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the New York Court of Appeals on May 8.

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