Although the Hochul Administration has made no formal announcement, the New York Times also reported the information, and social media posts also pointed to the downstate senator as Hochul’s pick. Among those posters is fellow Sen. Jamaal Bailey:
In recent weeks, Bailey and Benjamin both emerged as top contenders to replace Gov. Kathy Hochul as the state’s second-highest executive. The governor had long maintained her pick would be from New York City; Benjamin represents parts of Harlem in Manhattan.
According to Henry Rosoff at NEWS10’s sister station in New York City, Democratic Party leaders in the Bronx also confirmed the news. Benjamin and Hochul are expected to hold an event together Thursday in Harlem, according to The City reporter Josefa Velásquez.
Hochul is expected to announce her decision publicly this week, according to the Associated Press. If he accepts the job, Benjamin would become the state’s second Black lieutenant governor. The Democrat has focused his legislative career on criminal justice reform and affordable housing.
Hochul’s and Benjamin’s offices didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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