Hochul names Congressman Delgado to lieutenant governor position

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Rep. Delgado speaking on the floor of Congress. File photo.

ALBANY – Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced that she is naming Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) to serve as Lieutenant Governor of New York, replacing disgraced former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin.

Benjamin was arrested on April 12th on campaign finance charges.  Delgado has been campaigning for re-election to Congress against Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

On Tuesday, the state legislature passed a bill to remove Benjamin’s name from the Democratic primary ballot, at Hochul’s urging.  Hochul is facing a challenge from Congressman Tom Suozzi, a Long Island Democrat.

“I am proud to appoint Antonio Delgado, an outstanding leader, and public servant, as Lieutenant Governor of New York, and I look forward to working with him to usher in a new era of fairness, equity, and prosperity for communities across the State,” Governor Hochul said.  Hochul’s former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested on April 12th on campaign fraud charges.

“New Yorkers deserve a Lieutenant Governor who’s working day and night to make lives better for working people and their families,” Representative Delgado said.

A native of Upstate New York, Representative Delgado grew up in Schenectady and lives in Rhinebeck with his wife, Lacey, and their twin eight-year-old sons, Maxwell and Coltrane. He attended Colgate University and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Then, he received a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he met Lacey. He lived in New York City for several years as a young lawyer.

Delgado was first elected to Congress in 2018. Representative Delgado is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, and he serves on the House Small Business and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.