A leading Democrat has announced his resignation after being arrested.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin announced his resignation and surrendered to the FBI for a range of charges.
“While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor,” Hochul said in response to the news. “New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them.”
The Department of Justice alleged that Benjamin used his political office to get funds for his campaign.
“Exploiting one’s official authority by allocating state funds as part of a bribe to procure donations to a political campaign, and engaging in activity to cover up the bribe, is illegal,” said DOJ FBI New York Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll. “As we allege today, Benjamin’s conduct in this scheme directly circumvents those procedures put in place to keep our systems fair.”
From the DOJ:
In particular, BENJAMIN is charged with bribery, honest services wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit those offenses, based on BENJAMIN’s use of his official authority while a New York state senator to direct a state-funded grant to an organization controlled by a real estate developer (“CC-1”) in exchange for campaign contributions made and procured by CC-1. BENJAMIN is also charged with two counts of falsifying records in connection with the preparation of contribution forms that falsely reported certain contributions made by CC-1 as being made by other individuals, and false statements BENJAMIN made in a questionnaire he submitted while seeking to become Lieutenant Governor. BENJAMIN surrendered to the FBI in Manhattan this morning and was presented before United States Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge J. Paul Oetken.
Now when you go to Benjamin’s webpage on Hochul’s website…you see this: