At some point today, Eric Schneiderman will deliver his formal letter of resignation and Barbara Underwood will become Acting Attorney General for the State of New York. So far, there hasn’t been any large, morale-boosting staff meeting in the Attorney General’s office, but Underwood has been quietly meeting with staff members on an individual basis, most of whom she already knows. The 700 lawyers and 1,800 employees will continue working on the same cases they were working on yesterday, and Underwood was deeply steeped in most of those cases.

But it was a tumultuous 24 hours for the State Attorney General’s Office, to say the least. Sources say reporters from the New Yorker Magazine first called members of the AG press shop on Sunday evening. No one inside knew of any of the allegations until they received that call. A quick check with Human Resources revealed that Schneiderman never had an internal complaint against him in the office for harassment or anything else inappropriate. And from the time of that call until the actual resignation things moved very quickly.

Schneiderman huddled with members of his inner circle including ex-wife Jennifer Cunningham who doled out advice. Communications guru Stu Loeser was quickly hired by Schneiderman as a crisis communications consultant. A handful of other valued staffers in the office were brought in and out of the conversations with the AG and his quickly shrinking inner circle. When the article finally popped just before 7pm on Monday night “There wasn’t much disagreement.” People realized this was not exactly something they could spin their way out of. Schneiderman had already issued a statement that while not outright confirming the allegations, certainly did not vociferously deny them.

The staff began gaming out options. How could Schneiderman ever have a press conference about anything again without being tainted? It quickly became evident that it would be impossible for him to continue to do the job. And while Governor Cuomo swiftly coming out and calling for Schneiderman’s resignation certainly didn’t help matters, no one in the office chimed in and said the words, “Eric should stay and fight” either.

Schneiderman was not actually in the office when the article hit the web, but many of the dedicated staffers at the AG’s office were. Because as one insider put it, “we are underpaid and overworked public servants.”

By all accounts, Underwood is a solid and capable manager and could be someone who rights the ship in this time of crisis. It’s unlikely she has career ambitions beyond helping the office get back on its feet and focusing it on its core mission which is standing up for the people of New York State.