NY Legislature approves bill to boot indicted former Lt. Gov. Benjamin from ballot
Brian Benjamin speaks during the 2022 New York State Democratic Convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in New York City. - Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images North America/TNS

ALBANY, N.Y. — Indicted ex-Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin will remove himself from June’s primary ballot as Democratic lawmakers opened the door Monday for Gov. Kathy Hochul to replace her disgraced running mate. Despite initial reluctance, the Dem-led Legislature approved a controversial bill allowing a candidate to remove their name from the ballot if they’ve been arrested or are facing criminal charges. Benjamin, Hochul’s hand-picked lieutenant governor, was indicted on federal corruption charges and resigned last month. The very specifically worded measure, penned by Hochul’s office, narrowly pas...