Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has released a statement saying he would not be participating in the legislative appointment process to pick a new attorney general.
Effectively, Maloney said he won't be interviewing for the job.
The Assembly and Senate in a joint session this week will be choosing someone to fill the remainder of Scheiderman's term in office.
Maloney had been among the 17 people who submitted his name to be considered by the Legislature for the vacancy.
But in the statement Monday afternoon, he endorsed Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
At the same time, Maloney did not rule out running for the job outright saying:
“Come November, the people of New York will decide who will be the next attorney general, and I will decide soon whether to run for that office."
Members may leave acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood in the post and then appoint the winner of the Democratic primary or general election to the position in the fall.
Underwood has said she would not run for the job if appointed to fill out the remainder of Schneiderman’s term.