Underwood was New York's solicitor general until May 8, when Schneiderman resigned after he was accused of assaulting four women in acts that included hitting, slapping and choking.
"I don't think any of us expected to be sitting here today".
"The legislature shall appoint", Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said.
Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer".More news: Nikka Bella's Reaction to John Cena's Heartbreaking Plea on 'Today'
Under state law, the Legislature has the authority to appoint an attorney general, should the job become vacant.
Underwood went first and loomed large over the entire day of interviews. Mike Gianaris and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. "But I can assure you that's not who I am".
Abinanti began his interview by remarking on Underwood's qualifications, calling them "superb". "I know the work of the office already", she said.
Among those who have spoken positively of Underwood, a Democrat, is Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Suffolk County Republican. Four women told the magazine Schneiderman, 63, physically and verbally abused them while they dated the attorney general, a Democrat who was running for a third four-year term.More news: ProShares Short MSCI EAFE (EFZ) Rises 0.76% for May 15
Republicans believe no one who is planning to run for a full term in November should be considered for the interim position.
Underwood, who said she was stunned by the "deeply disturbing" accusations, said she views herself as a competent caretaker who will provide continuity in the attorney general's office.
"It's time to put people ahead of politics, and ultimately let the voters decide who their next attorney general will be", Flanagan said in a statement.
The beginning of candidate interviews for a new state attorney general was held on Tuesday by a legislative committee that included members from both parties.More news: Karnataka verdict: P2M - This is what is left of Congress in India