The last day of Attorney General candidate interviews was today and it seems that a top candidate has emerged from the list.
At the end of last week, it almost seemed easier to count who wasn’t applying for the interim Attorney General position. By the time the interviewing process wrapped up on Wednesday, four candidates had dropped out. The person that still seems to be at the top of the list is Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
“I think Barbara Underwood is really impressive. Just her background and how she speaks about what her intent is,” Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) said.
“Underwood is the lead candidate right now. She knows what’s going on and she certainly can take care of it for the rest of the year,” Senator Betty Little (R-Glens Falls), said.
A total of 12 candidates were interviewed, but there is support from both sides of the aisle, to see a woman fill this position. Underwood is the first female to hold the attorney general spot, even just temporarily.
“After 250 years it might be time to do something different like that as long as you have the skills and expertise,” Rep. Peoples-Stokes said.
Once the interviewing committee has decided on a candidate, a report will be given to the Assembly Democratic conference.
Even though the Assembly Democrats as the majority in the Legislature will be the determining vote, Senator Betty Little says she feels that this interviewing process was still important, even though the Senate Republicans almost did not participate.
“I think it was important that we participate and that our opinions are heard as well,” Sen. Little said.
Some members of the panel hope to have a recommendation ready by Tuesday of next week.
“I think that we should react quickly,” Rep. People-Stokes said.
“The decision will come right away, it needs to,” Sen. Little said.
But not all are hopeful that things will be wrapped up before the conventions on Wednesday
“May take a bit of time, so it may not be before the convention,” Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-New York City), said.