Rockland lawyer announces run for state attorney general

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A Rockland County lawyer has thrown his hat into the ring for the state attorney general seat vacated by Eric Schneiderman.

Republican Thomas Humbach has been the county attorney for Rockland County for the last four years, and served more than 20 years as a private litigator before that.

MORE: Interview with state AG candidate Thomas Humbach

The West Nyack resident says he's been considering this run for months.

He says his experience as a municipal attorney, working for the people rather than working for big corporations or finance firms, makes him an appealing candidate.

If elected, Humbach says his primary focus will be making sure elected officials conduct themselves ethically -- something he says his tenure in county office already shows he can do.

Manhattan private attorney Manny Alicandro is the only other Republican to officially announce candidacy for the attorney general seat.

Humbach says the next step is to get in touch with all the county chairs for the Republican Party across the state because Republican delegates will appoint a candidate at their convention May 23 in New York City.

A bipartisan state Legislature committee will select an attorney general to fill the remainder of Schneiderman's term.

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