New York Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman (D) on Wednesday named three Justice Department veterans to his office, the New York Law Journal reported.
Barbara D. Underwood, who served as acting U.S. Solicitor General from January to June 2001 and principal deputy U.S. Solicitor General from March 1998 to January 2001, will retain her position as state solicitor general. She has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Underwood also has served as chief assistant to the Eastern District U.S. Attorney.
Nancy Hoppock will serve as executive deputy attorney general for criminal justice. She currently works in the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and chief of the criminal division.
In addition, Schneiderman named three honorary co-chairs to his transition team, including Zachary W. Carter, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from from 1993 to 1999.
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Even though the 2010 election season is far from over and the 2012 cycle has yet to begin, some people in New York have set their sights even farther down the line. Two former federal prosecutors are being mentioned as possible candidates for the 2013 Brooklyn district attorney race, according to an article published online Wednesday by City Hall, a bimonthly publication that covers the New York political scene.
Current Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has held the top spot since 1987. In his 2009 election bid - where Hynes had the backing of the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties - he won all but four of the votes cast, which went to write-ins, according to the Kings County Board of Elections.
In recent months, Hynes, 74, has told close associates he will only leave the district attorney’s office “in a box,” but his next election could prove more difficult because of speculation about his advancing age and his health, as he underwent open-heart surgery last summer.
Most believe Hynes will finish his current term, but some think he may face a serious challenge in 2013. Because of the demographic makeup of Brooklyn, a formidable black candidate would have an edge, according to the news Web site.
Two potential candidates mentioned in legal circles include former Brooklyn U.S. Attorneys Zachary Carter and Loretta Lynch, both of whom are black. Carter, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 to 1999, is currently a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Lynch, Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney from June 1999 to May 2001, has been a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in New York since January 2002 and has been nominated by President Barack Obama to hold the position again.
Carter declined to say whether he was considering running for Brooklyn DA but he did tell City Hall that he would not challenge Hynes. Lynch, even if she is confirmed at U.S. Attorney, would be a more likely candidate if Obama is not re-elected and a Republican president names a replacement for her as U.S. Attorney, the Web site said.
Other possible candidates include Council Member Lew Fidler; Council Member Letitia James; Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries; Assembly Member James Brennan, state Sen. John Sampson — who unsuccessfully challenged Hynes in 2005; and Taxi and Limousine commissioner David Yassky, the Web site reported.