September 27, 2022
September 25, 2022
ALBANY — State Senate leaders introduced a bill Friday night that would remove the name of former Lt. Gov. Brian A. Benjamin from the June primary ballot following his recent indictment on federal corruption charges.
Benjamin, named lieutenant governor by Gov. Kathy Hochul in September after passing a background check, resigned following his indictment. The criminal charges include allegations that Benjamin lied on forms used by state police to review his background. His criminal case derailed the Democratic primary because under state law there is no mechanism to remove a nominated candidate from the ballot so late in the process.