New York state Governor Kathy Hochul said on Tuesday she had accepted Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin’s resignation, hours after Benjamin was arrested on federal bribery charges.
New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin was arrested Tuesday morning on charges related to a campaign finance fraud investigation.
His arrest comes after federal prosecutors and the FBI investigated whether the politician was knowingly engaged in a campaign finance fraud scheme. According to The New York Times, Benjamin is accused of conspiring to direct state funds to Harlem real estate investor Gerald Migdol in return for orchestrating thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to his unsuccessful 2021 campaign for New York City Comptroller.
Reuters contributed to this report.