New York has a new attorney general

New York has a new attorney general — at least through the end of the year.

Barbara Underwood, the state’s solicitor general since 2011, was voted in Tuesday as attorney general for the remainder of the year by the state Legislature in a joint session.

She replaces Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, who resigned in disgrace earlier this month amid scandal. She is the first woman to hold the position.

“It is a tremendous honor and I pledge to serve the people of the Great State of New York with honesty, integrity, and all of the skills I have acquired during decades of public service,” Underwood said in a statement.

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