New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin has resigned after being arrested on Tuesday for corruption.
Benjamin, who was previously a state senator from Harlem, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of bribery, honest services cable fraud and tampering with records.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced later Tuesday evening that she had accepted his resignation.
“I have accepted Brian Benjamin’s resignation effective immediately. As the legal process unfolds, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor. New Yorkers deserve a absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue to work every day to deliver for them,” Hochul wrote.
Benjamin’s resignation comes just seven months after he was named lieutenant governor following Hochul’s ascension to governor, following former governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
In an unsealed indictment on Tuesday, Benjamin was accused of participating in a 2019-2021 scheme to receive campaign contributions from a real estate developer in exchange for agreeing to use his power as a US senator. state to obtain a state-funded grant for a nonprofit organization. controlled by the developer.
He allegedly falsified campaign donor forms, misled regulators and provided false information in verification forms while being considered for the job.
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