Editorial note: This story has been updated to reflect the final list, released by the Speaker’s office Monday, of 13 interim attorney general candidates being interviewed by the state Assembly this week. The story originally contained 16 individuals identified by the Speaker’s office on May 12. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Jose W. Fernandez; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-New York; and former Pace University law school Dean David Yassky no longer appear as candidates.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s office Monday announced the names of the 13 candidates seeking to become the interim attorney general who are scheduled to appear before the vetting committee of Democratic state legislators this week.
• Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, D-Westchester, was elected to the chamber in 2010. He represents the 92nd assembly district, which encompasses the towns of Mt. Pleasant and Greenburgh. A longtime former local elected official, he previously served as counsel to a member of counsel and the Assembly. He remains a practicing attorney.
• Constantine Cannon name attorney Lloyd Constantine is a private attorney specializing in antitrust litigation. A veteran attorney who’s handled substantial complex antitrust litigation and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, Constantine previously served as senior adviser to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer from 2007 to 2008, serving in a number of capacities.
• Private attorney Michael Diederich Jr. is an experienced civil and workers’ rights attorney based in Stony Point. He practices in both state and federal court. Diedrich is a retired officer in the U.S. Army reserves, where he served as a JAG counsel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Leecia Roberta Eve is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, having been appointed to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017. Previously, she served deputy secretary for economic development for the governor. She was a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in 2006.
• Clarick Gueron Reisbaum name attorney Nicole Gueron handles commercial and intellectual property disputes. She previously served as deputy chief of trial counsel in the attorney general’s office, and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. Before this she was an associate at Friedman, Kaplan & Seiler.
• Elizabeth Holtzman has held a number of prominent positions in government. She was elected as New York City comptroller in 1989, serving a single term. Immediately prior, she served for eight years as district attorney in Brooklyn, and still is the only woman to have held the position. She was a congresswoman from Brooklyn for four terms beginning in 1973.
• Rockland County Attorney Thomas Humbach has been in the position since early 2014, having been named to the position by Executive Ed Day, a Republican. Prior to opening his own practice in Pearl River in 2008, he began at Montclare & Wachtler, rising to senior litigation associate, before moving to a Goshen-based personal injury firm where he made partner.
• New York County Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan was first elected to the bench in 2002, the first Asian-American woman to have done so. In 2014, she was appointed to the Appellate Term, First Department where she again made history. She began her career as a indigent legal services attorney, before joining the AG’s Office.
• Mina Quinto Malik is deputy attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, appointed by Attorney General Karl Racine. She previously served as executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, before departing in 2016 for a lecture of law position at Harvard Law School. Prior to CCRB she served as special counsel to former Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, as well as a prosecutor in the Queens DA’s Office.
• Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, D-Manhattan, has served in the chamber since being elected in 2002. He represents the West Side of Manhattan. The first openly gay member of the Assembly, O’Donnell was the sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state in 2011. Currently the char of the tourism committee, he was formerly chair of the correction committee. In his first run for office in 1998, he lost the Democratic state Senate primary to Eric Schneiderman.
• Private attorney Jennifer Stergion is based in Buffalo. She ran unsuccessfully for Erie County legislature. Recently, she reportedly represented a female former staff member of State Sen. Marc Panepinto, who did not seek re-election in 2016.
• Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood took over the AG’s Office last week after Schneiderman’s resignation. Underwood’s substantial career includes arguing 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, serving in federal, state and local government, and clerking for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
• Tech entrepreneur and attorney Alex Zapesochny is the co-founder and CEO of iCardiac, a medical tech company, according to his Twitter profile. He has previously written for the Democrat & Chronicle.
A spokesman for Heastie declined to comment on the list.
On Tuesday, beginning at 2 p.m., Underwood, Abinanti, O’Donnell, Holtzman, Eve, Constantine and Ling-Cohan are scheduled to be interviewed. The remaining candidates—Diederich, Gueron, Humback, Malik, Stergion and Zapescochny—are scheduled to beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.
All the hearings will be held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, before a committee chaired by Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and composed of Democratic members of the Assembly and the Senate.