Judge Tosses Corruption Charges Against Ex-NY Lt Gov

The New York Times reports:

A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed bribery and corruption charges against former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin of New York on Monday, saying prosecutors had failed to demonstrate an explicit quid pro quo in what they had asserted was a scheme to funnel $50,000 in state money to a developer in exchange for campaign contributions.

He said he would toss out the three corruption counts that prompted Mr. Benjamin, a Democrat, to resign from office. But Mr. Benjamin still faces trial on two other counts — charges that he falsified records, including a vetting questionnaire related to his appointment as lieutenant governor — that the judge allowed to stand.

Read the full article. Following Benjamin’s resignation in April, Gov. Kathy Hochul tapped US Rep. Antonio Delgado as his successor.