NBC New York reports:
“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 in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Benjamin, a Democrat, was charged with bribery, fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records in an alleged 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.
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BREAKING: New York Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin resigned from office on Tuesday evening, just hours after he was arrested on a bribery indictment.https://t.co/B9S2zU320G
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) April 12, 2022
⚡️ NEW | New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin — charged with bribery and fraud — resigns from office
Benjamin, a former state senator from Harlem, pleaded not guilty after arrest and charges for trading state funds for campaign donations.https://t.co/cjiUmtBIBf
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 12, 2022