From the Editor, 8/26/21
Brian Benjamin, a NY State Senator from Harlem/Manhattan, is Governor Hochul’s pick for her old job. She left that job only days ago when becoming the first female in NY history after Andrew Cuomo resigned.
Benjamin is a known power-broker in the Manhattan political world, and a well connected to the Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. He has been the Chairman of the Revenue and Budget Committee, Senior Assistant Majority Leader, and a member of six other Senate committees. Most of Benjamin’s background is in finance where he has experience in the private sector and recently ran for Comptroller of New York City.
From Benjamin’s NY State Senate biography:
“Brian is heavily involved in his community, having served as Chair of Community Board 10 and the Land Use Committee, a position he used to preserve the character of our community (such as his successful “Harlem not SOHA” campaign), and help keep Harlem affordable. He helped countless young people at Harlem’s Wadleigh High School achieve a brighter future since launching a mentoring program in 2013, and he is honored to serve as an alumni-elected trustee of Brown University. In addition to his work in the community, Brian has long been active in progressive politics, serving as a 2012 delegate for President Barack Obama and as a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee. He also worked in finance, electoral politics, and interned in the office of Bill Lynch & Associates. Brian is an active member of Harlem’s historic First Corinthian Baptist Church.”
New York’s new Lieutenant Governor has an ivy league education, with degrees from Brown and Harvard Universities. Benjamin also sits on the Brown University Board of Trustees, elected by alumni. Watch Governor Hochul introduce the new “LG”: