State AG Eric Schnei­derman to resign, after multiple women accuse him of physical abuse

By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press |

Eric Schneiderman wearing a black suit jacket, a white dress shirt, and a grey tie

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he will resign Tuesday, just hours after four women he was romantically involved with accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker.

In a statement released Monday around 9:45 p.m., the state attorney general — who had been running for re-election — said, “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

Sources tell NY1 that Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will take over for the office when Schneiderman steps down Tuesday.

Underwood, who has been solicitor general since 2007, had previously held executive positions in the Queens and Brooklyn District Attorneys’ offices, and served as a trial attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

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