Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou Statement on New York Attorney General

Albany, NY – TODAY, the New York State Assembly and Senate voted to fill the vacancy for the seat of Attorney General. The joint legislature voted to keep Barbara Underwood, the New York State Solicitor General since 2011, in the seat until an election takes place. Underwood stepped in as interim Attorney General in early May, after the former Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, resigned. In response to Underwood’s appointment, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou released the following statement:

“It was clear from the start that Ms. Underwood was a highly qualified candidate for New York State Attorney General. Having served for more than a decade with the Attorney General’s office, she has extensive experience and is extremely familiar with our state’s legal landscape. Ms. Underwood is now the first woman to assume the seat of Attorney General in the history of New York, and I am confident that she will uphold a high-standard of professionalism in this role.

“At this time, it is critical that we achieve and maintain stability in the office of the Attorney General. The Attorney General’s role is to serve as a bulwark against injustice, enforce the laws of our state, and defend the rights of all New Yorkers. Ms. Underwood has an excellent track record as a public servant, and I believe that with her in office, the Attorney General’s team can continue to meet its goals of protecting our families and communities. Thank you to my colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate, and I look forward to working with her in the months to come.”