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Delgado sworn in as lieutenant governor

May 26, 2022 5:30 am

Luke Parsnow is reporting for Spectrum News the Antonio Delgado was sworn in as lieutenant governor on May 25, becoming Gov. Kathy Hochul’s second in command and the state’s third lieutenant governor in less than a year. The former Democratic congressman replaces Brian Benjamin who resigned in April following his indictment on bribery and fraud charges. Delgado was selected by Hochul to fill the vacancy earlier this month. “We have enough politicians. We really do. What we need are more public servants," Delgado said, adding that the work he's done in Congress "is work of unity." Delgado was born in Schenectady attended Colgate University and eventually graduated from Harvard Law School. He leaves the 19th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives without representation. "I am incredibly humbled, beyond words, and truly grateful to be your partner, Gov. Hochul, and every New Yorker around this journey," Delgado said. Going forward, Delgado will face two opponents in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, less than a month from now. He is running against activist Ana Maria Archila and New York City Council member Diana Reyna. Hochul is also looking to prevail in her primary contests over former New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi [SWAH-zee]. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in primary elections, which will be held June 28. In August, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, a Democrat, faces Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican, in a special election, to serve the remainder of Delgado's term. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.