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State Sen. Brian Benjamin selected to be NY lieutenant governor

Brian Benjamin

(WBNG/AP) -- State Senator Brian Benjamin was selected by Governor Kathy Hochul to be the Lieutenant Governor of New York State.

Senator Benjamin has served as the New York State Senator for District 30.

The governor's office noted that Benjamin and Hochul had worked together previously on fighting the opioid epidemic and boosting addiction recovery programs and more.

Senator Benjamin expressed his excitement for his new role in a news conference Thursday.

"Governor Hochul is a collaborator who makes sure everyone has a seat at the table, and, like me, is laser-focused on listening to the needs of New Yorkers and empowering local leaders," Said Benjamin. We have a strong history of collaboration that will help us to hit the ground running immediately as we help guide New York through this challenging moment in history."

Benjamin grew up in Harlem as the son of Caribbean immigrants and earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

He has focused on criminal justice reform as a state lawmaker.

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