New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday afternoon that she had accepted the resignation of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, charged earlier in the day with federal bribery allegations.

Benjamin’s appointment was one of Hochul’s first actions after she became governor in the wake of the resignation of then Gov. Andrew Cuomo Aug. 24, 2021. Benjamin was named to the post Sept. 9, 2021. As lieutenant governor, he presided over the State Senate.

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