US Rep. Delgado tapped by Hochul for NY lieutenant governor

US Rep. Delgado tapped by Hochul for NY lieutenant governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado will serve as New York’s next lieutenant governor, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday.

Delgado, a Democrat, will take on the largely ceremonial role previously formerly held by Brian Benjamin, who resigned following his arrest for federal corruption charges, which he has denied.

The Democratic governor touted Delgado’s upstate electoral wins and his work on bills addressing veterans, small businesses and student loan debt, and said his electoral record will help Democrats win statewide.

“The fact is he could have done anything, and he chose public service,” Hochul said Tuesday at a Capitol press conference alongside Delgado, a Rhodes Scholar who briefly pursued a rap career after earning a Harvard law degree. He had campaigned on universal access to Medicare, creating good jobs and eliminating tax loopholes for the rich.

FILE – Democrat Antonio Delgado speaks at a democratic watch party in Kingston, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after defeating incumbent Republican John Faso for the U.S. House race. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday, May 3, 2022, that Delgado will serve as New York’s next lieutenant governor. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)