Democratic LG candidates Antonio Delgado, Ana Maria Archila clash in lone debate

Antonio Delgado fended off attacks from progressive activist Ana Maria Archila in the only televised debate ahead of the June 28 Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor.

Archila criticized Delgado over his “lack of independence” from Gov. Kathy Hochul, who appointed him to the position just weeks ago after a scandal forced the resignation of his predecessor, Brian Benjamin. 

“The lieutenant governor should not be standing quietly in the background,” Archila said.

But Delgado repeatedly said he would follow the lead of his running mate, including on key issues such as gun violence, overtime for farmworkers and a controversial bill regulating cryptocurrency mining.

“I know the governor is

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