NY GOP Chair, Suozzi Blast Hochul for Attempting to Get Benjamin Off Primary Ballot

Publication: PoliticsNY
By: Stephen Witt

Both U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens), who is running in the Democratic Primary for governor and New York State Republican Chair Nick Langworthy Tuesday blasted Gov. Kathy Hochul for approaching Democrat legislative leaders about changing a law that would allow former Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin to get off the ballot for the upcoming June primary.

Currently, a candidate for office after accepting a nomination cannot be removed from the ballot unless there are narrow circumstances, such as leaving the state or dying. Benjamin, who resigned from the lieutenant governor’s office following his indictment on five counts of felony corruption charges and suspended his campaign, remains on the ballot.

Suozzi and Langworthy’s comments came after Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins confirmed Hochul recently called her called asking for a change in the law. Stewart-Cousins told reporters Tuesday she was hesitant to do so now with early voting beginning on June 18 – less than two months away.