Shortly after New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested on a bribery conspiracy, he resigned from his position of public service.
The resignation was announced by New York’s liberal Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hochul is no stranger to these situations, only coming into power after Andrew Cuomo was forced out of office for misbehaving sexually.
“I have accepted Brian Benjamin’s resignation effective immediately. While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor. New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them,” Hochul said.
The Associated Press reported details of Benjamin’s arrest before he resigned:
Benjamin was accused of participating in a scheme to obtain campaign contributions from a real estate developer in exchange for Benjamin’s agreement to use his influence as a state senator to get a $50,000 grant of state funds for a nonprofit organization the developer controlled.
The indictment said Benjamin and others acting at his direction or on his behalf also engaged in a series of lies and deceptions to cover up the scheme.
They falsified campaign donor forms, misled municipal regulators and provided false information in vetting forms Benjamin submitted while he was being considered to be appointed as lieutenant governor, the indictment said.
After Hochul finishes out Cuomo’s term, she planned to run for reelection with Benjamin as her running mate.
It’s safe to say such a thing would appear to be unlikely at this point.
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