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North Country residents react to allegations against attorney general

Published: May. 8, 2018 at 5:13 PM EDT
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New York's top law enforcement official has stepped down after being accused of physically and emotionally abusing four women.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation hours after an article in the New Yorker outlined allegations from four women he dated who claim he was physically and emotionally abusive.

The Democrat denies the allegations. The Manhattan district attorney's office has launched an investigation.

So how are New Yorkers reacting to the news of the allegations? Our Kelly O'Brien hit the streets to find out.

"It just makes me upset," said Rebecca Heywood of Plattsburgh.

"Respect is the key to living a peaceful and happy life," said Derek Mainville of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Others feel it's all part of a new normal.

"A lot of people are being accused of a lot of things. It seems like it's a political weapon nowadays," said Gerald Nichols of Ellenburg.

"I think he should have more respect for women. I mean, everyone should have more respect for women. Men should respect women and women should respect men; it goes both ways," Mainville said.

Even local lawmakers addressed the allegations. In a tweet, Democratic Assemblyman D. Billy Jones said, "I stand with my colleagues to have the allegations fully investigated."

Schneiderman was up for re-election this coming election season.

In 2014, Schneiderman won Clinton County by 50 votes. He lost in Essex County by over 1,000 votes and in Franklin County by 388. But he enjoyed support from around New York.

"In the Quinnipiac poll that was released just this week, he had an approval rating of 61 percent. So he was clearly in line to be re-elected. So this does come as a shock," said Harvey Schantz, the director of political science at Plattsburgh State.

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will step in as attorney general until elections later this year.