Lt. Gov. Benjamin arrested for corruption
Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin was arrested by federal authorities April 12 on bribery and other offenses related to a scheme to trade a state grant for campaign contributions. Last year a real estate developer known by Benjamin was arrested because of a campaign finance scheme that allegedly used fraud to secure millions of dollars in public matching funds. This year, just after Gov. Kathy Hochul upgraded Benjamin a state senator to Lt. Gov., Benjamin received a subpoena. The Times Union previously reported that a $50,000 grant in the state Senate in 2019 went to an educational nonprofit led by the same real estate figure, Gerald Migdol. A few days ago, Hochul said she was standing by Benjamin, but now that he was arrested, that may change. Read more about this story in the Times Union.