Letitia James declares intent to run for NY state attorney general

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More than a dozen candidates have submitted a resume and cover letter for the appointment, including Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who said she wouldn't run for the election.

"G$3 iven the timing of Eric Schneiderman's resignation and the current state law prohibiting candidates from seeking two offices simultaneously, I have determined that I can not run for Attorney General at this time", she said.

Three have dropped out since then, including Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, Putnam County, who is considering running for a full term in the fall.

Under state law, the Legislature has the authority to appoint an attorney general, should the job become vacant. "I am confident that New Yorkers will choose an Attorney General who is worthy of our faith and our trust".

"The legislature shall appoint", Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said. "She is a tremendously qualified candidate who could serve out the remainder of this term free of any political considerations", he said. "We want to interview her and every other person".

"I think it's an understatement to say that none of us expected to be sitting here today for this goal", Underwood told senators and Assembly members gathered Tuesday at a meeting room in the state Capitol complex. "I've argued 20 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, 21 cases before our state's highest court, and 33 cases in the Second Circuit - and I've closely supervised the work of other attorneys on hundreds more".

Underwood has said she will not run in November. "I assure you that I can be that voice".

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

Republicans who lead the state Senate favor Underwood, as does Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Gueron served as the deputy chief trial counsel to Schneiderman's predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, who this year is running for a third term as NY governor.