Lawmakers met Tuesday to talk about the allegations against Schneiderman and try and come up with a plan moving forward and how this impacts active investigations back home in the Rochester area.
Lawmakers met Tuesday to talk about the allegations against Schneiderman and try and come up with a plan moving forward.
While it’s a bit chaotic here in Albany, there’s a lot of questions about how this impacts active investigations back home in Rochester.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb states, "The problem with Albany is you kinda become numb to the bad news and the bad allegations. People are being arrested and tried and convicted so unfortunately I think it just puts a black eye on Albany and the state Capitol."
But of greater concern is how an attorney general's office in shambles impacts active investigations at home, particularly the investigation being conducted into the Rochester City School District and its handling of the Trevyan Rowe case.
Our news partner, News10NBC exclusively reported district leaders were being questioned by state investigators just last week.
News10NBC:Are you confident that that they will proceed just like it would whether Eric Scheniderman was in that position or not?
Brian Kolb: Yes, I mean Eric Scheniderman was obviously the top law enforcement officer for the state but he has a staff.
Senator Rich Funke states, "The investigation needs to be executed, the investigation needs to continue in the absence of the current attorney general, I think they certainly have the staff and wherewithal to do that and I think they should."
Assemblyman Harry Bronson states " I think those kind of cases will go forward and we want them to go forward because we need justice in those areas."
The solicitor general, who is second in command at the attorney general’s office has taken over on an interim basis.
Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who called on the attorney general to take over Trevyan Rowe's investigation says he’s been assured that it will continue.
"I believe everyone will continue to function as it should, we’re working through this," states Morelle.
The state legislature still has to decide whether it will appoint someone to take over until the end Scheniderman’s term, which is the end of this year, or if they’ll allow the solicitor general to remain the interim attorney general until then.