Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced immediately that state Senator Brian Benjamin, a Democrat from Harlem, would be the lieutenant governor of New York, the second-highest place within the state.
Hochul, a Democrat, was sworn in as the primary feminine governor on Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation after his involvement in a sexual harassment scandal.
Based on the governor’s official web site, Hochul and Benjamin have labored collectively prior to now on points resembling combating the opioid epidemic, enhancing habit restoration applications, serving to minority and women-owned enterprise enterprises, and giving simpler voting entry to New Yorkers.
“I consider that governing is about working collectively. Teamwork is the essence of efficient management, and it’s extra vital than ever as we confront the pressing issues going through the state,” Hochul mentioned.
“My administration goes to draw the very best and the brightest—individuals who share my values of working onerous for the individuals of this state and who will get the job performed—and that features the most recent member Senator Brian Benjamin who has agreed to function my Lieutenant Governor. There may be a lot work to do, and I’m grateful to have him by my facet as we implement our imaginative and prescient for a safer, more healthy and fairer New York,” she added.
Benjamin, 44, was born in Harlem Hospital and is a son of Caribbean immigrants. He’s a graduate of Brown College and Harvard College and beforehand served as New York State Senator for District 30, which includes Harlem, East Harlem, and the Higher West Aspect.
He’s concerned closely with Harlem’s neighborhood and has, prior to now, labored to develop over 1,000 models of inexpensive housing in his district, that are mentioned to be environmentally sustainable.
“I need to thank Governor Hochul for trusting me with the unbelievable honor of serving alongside her as Lieutenant Governor,” Benjamin mentioned after it was formally introduced that he would develop into lieutenant governor.
“Governor Hochul is a collaborator who makes certain everybody has a seat on the desk, and, like me, is laser centered on listening to the wants of New Yorkers and empowering native leaders. We’ve a powerful historical past of collaboration that may assist us to hit the bottom operating instantly as we assist information New York via this difficult second in historical past.”
Benjamin can be a member of Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church. His affect within the metropolis may assist bolster assist for the brand new governor, as greater than a 3rd of the state’s 13.4 million registered voters reside in New York Metropolis.
Benjamin ran for New York Metropolis comptroller this yr however didn’t succeed. He’s at the moment serving as senior assistant majority chief within the Senate and can be chair of the finances and income committee.