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NY Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns in wake of federal investigation

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 17:23:31-04

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has resigned in the wake of his arrest in a federal corruption investigation, creating a political crisis for Gov. Kathy Hochul seven months after she selected Benjamin as a partner to make a fresh start in an office already rocked by scandal.

Hochul says Benjamin resigned Tuesday. He was accused in an indictment 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.

Benjamin pleaded not guilty Tuesday.