Hochul asks Legislature to pass a bill to remove Benjamin from ballots

Publication: Newsday
By: Michael Gormley

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday that she has asked the State Legislature to pass a law to remove her former lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin, from election ballots as he faces corruption charges.

“Right now, there is a need for a legislative solution, and I would like the Legislature to do that,” Hochul told reporters Tuesday.

Benjamin, a former state senator from Brooklyn, is on the Democratic ballot for the June 28 primary as a candidate for lieutenant governor despite his resignation on April 12, shortly after he was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is also on the ticket with Hochul for the general election in November.