Brian Benjamin

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Brian Benjamin
Benjamin in November 2021
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
September 9, 2021 – April 12, 2022
GovernorKathy Hochul
Preceded byKathy Hochul
Succeeded byAntonio Delgado
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 30th district
In office
June 5, 2017 – September 9, 2021
Preceded byBill Perkins
Succeeded byCordell Cleare
Personal details
Born (1976-12-09) December 9, 1976 (age 47)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBrown University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
  • Businessman
  • politician
WebsiteOfficial website
Other offices

Brian A. Benjamin (born December 9, 1976) is an American politician and businessman. He was the Lieutenant Governor of New York from September 9, 2021 until April 12, 2022.

Benjamin was first elected to the New York State Senate in a May 2017 special election. He represented New York's 30th State Senate district from 2017 to 2021.

In 2021, Benjamin unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for New York City Comptroller.[1]

On August 26, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul pick Benjamin to be her lieutenant governor. He was sworn in on September 9, 2021.[2][3]

Benjamin was arrested on April 12, 2022, after being indicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and two counts of falsification of records.[4][5] He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.[6] That day, Benjamin resigned as lieutenant governor.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mays, Jeffery C. (January 27, 2021). "One Candidate Leaves Crowded Mayor's Race. One From 'Housewives' Joins". The New York Times.
  2. Hogan, Bernadette (September 9, 2021). "Brian Benjamin sworn in to replace Hochul as NY's lieutenant governor".
  3. Gartland, Michael (September 9, 2021). "Brian Benjamin sworn in as N.Y. lieutenant governor but questions loom about wedding, stock". Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  4. Rashbaum, William K.; Fandos, Nicholas; Mays, Jeffery C. (2022-04-12). "Lt. Gov. Benjamin Resigns Following Campaign Finance Indictment". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  5. Moghe, Sonia. "NY lieutenant governor indicted on multiple charges". CNN. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  6. "NY lieutenant governor Benjamin pleads not guilty to bribery, related charges". Reuters. 2022-04-12. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  7. "NY lieutenant governor resigns after arrest in federal probe". AP NEWS. 2022-04-12. Retrieved 2022-04-12.