Acting NY attorney general announced as Schneiderman resigns amid abuse allegations

NEW YORK — Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will be the acting New York attorney general after Eric Schneiderman announced he will resign amid accusations he physically abused four women, officials announced Tuesday.

Barbara Underwood is pictured. (ag.ny.gov)

Underwood has argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and clerked for Thurgood Marshall, press secretary Amy Spitalnick said on Twitter Tuesday morning as she announced the solicitor general will become the acting AG.

In a statement Tuesday, Underwood said she is "honored" to take on the role.

“The work of this office is critically important. Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption,” Underwood said.

Schneiderman announced Monday night he will resign effective at the close of business Tuesday.

His announcement came less than three hours after The New Yorker published accusations from four women alleging physical abuse at the hands of the New York attorney general.

Underwood was appointed to solicitor general in 2007. Before that, she served as counsel and chief assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was the acting solicitor general and principal deputy solicitor general of the U.S., and had executive positions in Queens and Brooklyn DA offices, according to the attorney general's website.

The chief legal officer of the city, Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, said he backs the decision.

“Barbara Underwood is a brilliant lawyer who has devoted her professional life to serving the criminal justice system. Her north star has always been doing the right thing under all circumstances. I cannot think of a more appropriate steward for the position of NY Attorney General," Carter said in a statement.