Gov. Cuomo speaks out on Schneiderman allegations

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The president has a history of levying his own criticism against Schneiderman, who has taken on the Trump administration in a number of areas, including the travel ban and air pollution.

Authorities in NY will investigate Schneiderman, who was until Tuesday the state's top law enforcement officer. Until then, state solicitor Barbara Underwood will be the acting attorney general, the Associated Press reports. All four women described the violence as nonconsensual.

"Domestic violence continues to be one of the most underreported crimes and we applaud victims for their strength and courage in coming forward to share their experiences", Soares said in an email to the Chronicle.

Two women who spoke to "The New Yorker" on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time.

"In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity", he said in a statement in response to the article. He didn't address the drunken driving claim.

Heastie said the law states that when a vacancy happens during the legislative session, "the Legislature shall act". Eventually, they reconciled and saw each other off and on for about two years, during which she said he often hit her during sex without her consent, called her names, and critiqued her body, leaving her "emotionally battered".

Schneiderman's successor will be picked by the State Assembly and Senate in a joint ballot in a process that will begin on Tuesday according to a spokesperson for speaker Carl E. Heastie.

Any appointment would be temporary, however. The attorney general, who had been elected to office in 2010, had been up for re-election this year.

A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the office is opening an investigation. The allegations were revealed in a New Yorker magazine article Monday.

Schneiderman is no stranger to women's causes.

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Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, while former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was forced to leave office in 2011 after a sexually explicit photo he sent to a woman via Twitter became public.

"No one is above the law", said Cuomo.

In a statement from his office, Albany District Attorney David Soares said the matter is under review. She was appointed as solicitor general in 2007.

She has served as counsel and chief counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of NY.

She has also worked in the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn district attorney offices.

"After I found out that other women had been abused by attorney-general Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who's next? and knew something needed to be done", Ms Selvaratnam said.

A newly announced Republican-Conservative candidate for NY attorney general is asking "who else knew" about the allegations that led to the downfall of Democrat Eric Schneiderman.

Alicandro announced his candidacy on Monday, just hours before the news about Schneiderman broke.

Schneiderman's resignation letter was sent late Tuesday afternoon.

The New Yorker reported Monday that Schneiderman had been accused by the women "with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters".

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