New York Legislature Votes To Keep Barbra Underwood Attorney General

posted by Dave Smith -

New York now has a new attorney general - well  temporarily at least. Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood won the vote this afternoon after receiiving 190 votes by the legislature, to hold the post until the end of the year. 

Underwood takes over for former Attorney General  Eric Schneiderman who resigned hastily earlier this month amid scandal. 

Underwood was one of about a dozen candidates who applied to the Legislature to fill the vacancy, but Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, felt it was best to keep Underwood in the job. 

The position will be on the ballot in November, so advocates and many lawmakers wanted to keep Underwood short term and let voters decide who should hold the position for the next four years.

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