While Mr. Schneiderman's resignation heralded the likely end of a career many regarded as rapid national notions, he had become a liberal favorite who filed more than 100 legal or administrative measures against the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans – The legal fallout is likely to begin.
A spokesman for Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney for Manhattan, said Mr. Vance's office had opened an investigation into the allegations in the New York article. Mr Schneiderman, led by Mr Cuomo himself, had examined Mr. Vance's office for questions about his handling of groping allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein in 201
"I want to make sure that district attorneys have no institutional or personal conflicts with the Attorney General's office," he said. Asked if Mr. Vance should reject himself, Mr. Cuomo said, "It's a problem we need to look at."
Mr. Schneiderman had been in contact with a defense attorney on Monday afternoon to inform him of his reaction to the New Yorker, as two persons with knowledge of the matter said. Later, a colleague from Mr. Schneiderman was looking for a lawyer to represent him in connection with the criminal investigation, several other people said with expertise. Schneiderman denied the misconduct and described the actions as part of consensual relationships.
Several women's groups that had already supported Mr. Schneiderman – he was known to be an outspoken advocate of promoting women, especially reproductive rights – expressed shock and grief. The National Institute for Reproductive Health, which had honored the Attorney General at a lunch on May 1, said in a statement that it was "horrified and horrified". (On Tuesday, the group had removed Mr. Schneiderman from his list of honorees). Sonia Ossorio, president of New York's Arm of the National Organization for Women, who supported Mr. Schneiderman in his 2010 and 2014 campaigns, said she was "in shock".
"I'm just out of my heart right now," she said.