Malliotakis Deems Underwood Vote A Win For New Yorkers And The Democratic Process
“Today is a victory for New Yorkers and a fair political process, voters will decide on their next attorney general in November,” said Malliotakis. “Today, the Legislature met for a joint legislative session and voted to leave Barbara Underwood as acting attorney general for the remainder of the year. After it was rumored that the Assembly majority would seek a backroom deal to give New York City Public Advocate Tish James an advantage heading into November by nominating her to complete Schneiderman's term, I joined nearly every editorial board in the state calling for the voters, not 213 politicians, to select New York's next Attorney General. We pushed back and were successful in ensuring that democracy takes its course. Leaving Ms. Underwood, who is both competent and will not be a contender for the office this election year, in the role was the right thing to do. Now, the legislature should adopt my bills to amend the constitution and law so vacancies for Attorney General and Comptroller are always filled by the voters and not the legislature."