NY Lieutenant Governor Resigns After Bribery Charges

NY Lieutenant Governor Resigns After Bribery Charges NY Lieutenant Governor Resigns After Bribery Charges State Sen. Brian Benjamin pumps his fist as he celebrates during a press conference announcing him as lieutenant governor on Aug. 26, 2021, in New York City. (Getty)

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 05:48 PM

New York state Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Tuesday she had accepted Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin's resignation.

The news broke just hours after Benjamin was arrested on federal bribery charges.

Benjamin, a Democrat, was accused in an indictment of participating in a scheme to obtain campaign contributions from a real estate developer in exchange for Benjamin’s agreement to use his influence as a state senator to get a $50,000 grant of state funds for a nonprofit organization the developer controlled.

Facing charges including bribery, fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records, Benjamin pleaded not guilty Tuesday at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court. He was released and bail was set at $250,000.

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