New York Lt. Gov. Resigns Amid Federal Charges
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Federal authorities have arrested New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin (D) on campaign finance fraud charges.
The five-count federal indictment alleges that Benjamin, who previously served as a New York State senator, conspired to obtain campaign contributions from an unnamed real estate developer in exchange for a $50,000 taxpayer-funded grant.
“Benjamin abused his authority as a New York State senator, engaging in a bribery scheme using public funds for his own corrupt purposes,” the indictment reads.
Authorities say Benjamin engaged in the scheme from 2019 to 2021. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) appointed Benjamin last year, but she allegedly had no knowledge of the scheme.
Benjamin issued his resignation just a few hours after his indictment on Tuesday.
“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,” Hochul said.