Acting Attorney General Sworn In After Schneiderman Resigns

Acting Attorney General Sworn In After Schneiderman Resigns

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New York state has a new acting attorney general.

Barbara Underwood was sworn in Tuesday to temporarily replace Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general who resigned amid allegations he physically assaulted four women.

Schneiderman resigned effective at the end of the day Tuesday after a New Yorker article came out Monday in which the four women -- two on the record -- accused the Democrat of physical violence.

In the meantime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations against Schneiderman.

Cuomo said late Tuesday that Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas will investigate and possibly prosecute "any and all matters concerning the public  allegations" against the former attorney general.

Cuomo says Singas also will probe whether Schneiderman used his staff or office resources to facilitate the alleged abusive liaisons.

Underwood previously served as the state's solicitor general, a post she held since 2007.

Before that she was counsel and chief assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She has argued 20 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as many cases in state and federal courts of appeals. 

Underwood is expected to serve until the end of Schneiderman's term, which expires at the end of the year.

The attorney general job will be up for election in November.

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