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State leaders react to Schneiderman resignation

Eric Schneiderman (File photo)

Albany, N.Y./New York City - Just hours after a report alleging acts of physical violence against four women was published in The New Yorker, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he would resign effective at the close of business Tuesday.

Reactions continue to pour in from across New York State - and from around the country.

State Senator Rich Funke (R) released the following statement following Schneiderman's resignation announcement:

It's not easy to report domestic violence and it takes a lot of courage. These brave women deserve to see the attorney general face the consequences of his actions in a criminal court just as any other abusive partner would. The severity of these accusations make him unfit to serve as the highest law enforcement officer in the state, and the decision to resign was the right one.

Earlier in the night, Assemblyman Joe Morelle had released a statement, calling for Schneiderman to step down:

I find these allegations both shocking and reprehensible. For the sake of the victims, who have each demonstrated incredible courage and resilience, and all people who call New York home I urge Eric Schneiderman to take this opportunity, do what is right and resign the Office of Attorney General.

Republican candidate for New York governor Dr. Jim Maxwell issued a statement Tuesday morning:

“These allegations of nonconsensual physical violence brought forward against former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are absolutely horrific and utterly inhumane. Given the complete breach of public trust and the severity of these allegations, each of these women deserve to be heard and their allegations thoroughly investigated. An independent prosecutor outside politics — someone who is completely removed from the Albany swamp, the legislature, and the Executive Branch must be appointed immediately."

This is a developing story. 13WHAM will provide updates as they become available.

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