Reports: Governor Hochul To Name Brian Benjamin Lt. Governor

New York's first female Governor Kathy Hochul will reportedly select State Senator Brian Benjamin, to be her Lt. Governor
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New York's first female Governor Kathy Hochul will reportedly select State Senator Brian Benjamin, to be her Lt. Governor according to multiple sources.

Benjamin, 44, who represents District 30, which includes Harlem and the Upper West Side, worked in investment banking before jumping into politics. He is known as an advocate for issues such as affordable housing and criminal justice reform--including sponsoring legislation that outlawed police chokeholds.

Although an official announcement hasn't been made, State Sen. Jamaal Bailey, who apparently was also being considered, tweeted congratulations Wednesday saying, "All about the Benjamins about to be played on a statewide level! As we reimagine New York, we continue to move forward with the best. Huge congrats to my brother @NYSenBenjamin and his wonderful family on this well-deserved appointment as our new Lieutenant Governor! #HarlemWorld"

Reportedly, Senator Benjamin will be officially announced as New York's next lieutenant governor on Thursday.

Benjamin will become the second Black person to serve in the position after David Paterson, who also became the state's first Black governor.

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