NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is predicted to introduce state Sen. Brian Benjamin as her alternative for lieutenant governor Thursday.
Hochul scheduled a “particular announcement” with Benjamin in his Harlem district at 1 p.m. An individual who spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity on Wednesday stated Hochul had chosen Benjamin, a fellow Democrat, for her No. 2.
Hochul, the previous lieutenant governor, took workplace Tuesday after the resignation of Andrew Cuomo amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Benjamin, 44, grew up in Harlem because the son of Caribbean immigrants and earned his grasp’s of enterprise administration from Harvard Enterprise College. He has centered on felony justice reform as a state lawmaker, just lately serving to push via a regulation to criminalize the usage of police chokeholds that lead to harm or loss of life.
Whereas the function of lieutenant governor in New York is basically ceremonial, Hochul was the second individual with the job in 13 years to turn out to be governor following a resignation.
Selecting Benjamin additionally might present political advantages for Hochul, a Buffalo Democrat who has stated she intends to run for election subsequent 12 months.
Benjamin’s New York Metropolis roots might assist drive help for Hochul. Town makes up greater than a 3rd of the state’s 13.4 million registered voters. And Benjamin’s legislative file might assist her make inroads with the social gathering’s progressive wing, which might be essential in a main.
Benjamin unsuccessfully ran for New York Metropolis comptroller this 12 months. He serves as senior assistant majority chief within the Senate and chair of the funds and income committee.
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