2nd round of interviews for attorney general held

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The second round of interviews of candidates for New York attorney general has been held in Albany, with another five hopefuls queried by state lawmakers.

The process to fill the vacancy created by Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation began Tuesday with a bipartisan legislative committee interviewing six candidates, including Barbara Underwood, the acting attorney general.

Another five candidates were interviewed Wednesday, with a sixth person failing to show up.

Schneiderman resigned last week after The New Yorker magazine reported four women allege that he physically and verbally abused them while dating. He has denied the allegations. The Democrat was running for a third term.

The Legislature has the authority under state law to appoint an attorney general should the position become vacant.

Several other potential candidates have stayed out of the interview process.