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New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns after arrest in campaign finance scheme

New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns after arrest in campaign finance scheme | 12 April 2022 | Embattled Lieutenant Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned Tuesday evening just hours after he was indicted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan on a five corruption-related charges that alleged he attempted to trade a state grant for campaign contributions. "I have accepted Brian Benjamin's resignation effective immediately. While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. Hochul -- who picked Benjamin as her running mate last year -- announced his departure after spending much of the day dodging questions about his arrest Tuesday morning.