NY Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigns amid campaign finance scandal

"I have accepted Brian Benjamin's resignation effective immediately," Gov. Hochul said.
Lieutenant Governor of New York Brian Benjamin

New York Democratic Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned on Tuesday after he was arrested earlier that morning in connection to a campaign finance scandal. 

Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the resignation of her second-in-command. 

"I have accepted Brian Benjamin's resignation effective immediately. While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as Lieutenant Governor," she wrote in a statement.

"New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them," she added.

Benjamin has been charged on several counts, including bribery, wire fraud, and falsification of records.