Will Barclay appointed to panel selecting NY attorney general; interviews start today

Will Barclay appointed to panel selecting NY attorney general; interviews start today

The State Legislature on Tuesday was scheduled to begin interviewing more than a dozen candidates to fill the role on an interim basis until December 31, when Schneiderman's term ends.

"I don't think any of us expected to be sitting here today. An Acting Attorney General not appointed by the legislature has no authority to take an official action such as seeking an indictment from a grand jury".

Schneiderman resigned last week following a report by The New Yorker magazine that he physically abused four women he had dated.

Disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - the latest famous man facing abuse allegations - is under investigation by Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini for an incident at a home in the Hamptons. "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.

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

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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said candidates for the temporary appointment will be given a chance to publicly discuss their qualifications and answer questions from legislators.

Another applicant, Elizabeth Holtzman, is a former congresswoman who served on the House Judiciary Committee that oversaw the impeachment of President Richard Nixon and co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues in 1977.

U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, a Long Island Democrat who was considering running for attorney general, announced Tuesday that she'll instead seek a third term in Congress.

The beginning of candidate interviews for a new state attorney general was held on Tuesday by a legislative committee that included members from both parties. Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat.

Public Advocate Letitia James has filed papers with the state Board of Elections declaring her intention to run for attorney general in the fall. Schneiderman himself won over the office in 2010 only when Andrew Cuomo left to run for governor.

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