Successor to disgraced NY attorney general chosen

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 12:44 PM EDT
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The New York state Legislature has chosen acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood as interim attorney general in the aftermath of Eric Schneiderman's resignation earlier this month.

A joint session of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to name the 73-year-old Underwood the state's top legal chief. Her appointment comes two weeks after Schneiderman abruptly resigned when The New Yorker reported that four women accused him of physically abusing them while they dated him.

He has denied the allegations.

Underwood, the state's solicitor general, became acting attorney general when Schneiderman's resignation became official May 8.

The office is up for election this November. Underwood said she wouldn't run.

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