NY Dems ‘scrambling’ for way to lift Hochul and boot Brian Benjamin from ballot

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision to pick Brian Benjamin as lieutenant governor has left Democratic state lawmakers in New York “scrambling” to push a measure that could boot the former second-in-command off the ballot in the upcoming primary following his resignation prompted by his indictment for alleged participation in a campaign finance scam.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin told her colleagues on Wednesday that she will “soon be introducing legislation to allow a candidate for office to decline their party’s designation or nomination, and be removed from the ballot, if they are charged with a crime.” 

“A candidate who is charged with a crime prior to the election should be permitted to

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