Suozzi accuses Hochul of fostering ‘culture of corruption’

Publication: Times Union
By: Brendan J. Lyons

ALBANY — U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi on Tuesday called on Gov. Kathy Hochul to delay appointing a new lieutenant governor in the wake of former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin’s recent resignation following his indictment on federal bribery and campaign finance charges.

Suozzi, D-Long Island, who is among the Democratic gubernatorial challengers gearing up for a crowded June primary, contends Hochul should appoint the lieutenant governor candidate who emerges victorious from the Democratic primary — or wait until the final outcome in the November election.

“Kathy Hochul has disqualified herself from appointing a new lieutenant governor,” Suozzi said. “She picked the lieutenant governor who she knew, and who everybody knew, had ethical problems; and she continued to defend him until he was arrested right under her nose.”

Suozzi contends Hochul has “created a culture of corruption with secretive meetings, pay-to-playabuse of state aircraft and insider deals that resulted in the billion-dollar tax giveaway for the Buffalo Bills. Now, she and her henchmen are trying to pressure the … former lieutenant governor to move out of New York state so she can rig the system and put in another unvetted insider.”