Brian Benjamin was officially sworn in as the state’s Lieutenant Governor Thursday, Sept. 9, promoting the uptown state Senator to the second-in-line to Governor Kathy Hochul.
“We have a lot on our plate,” said Hochul at the ceremony in her Manhattan office. “But I can’t do it alone, I need someone at my side… It’s an extraordinary responsibility, I wouldn’t have asked you if I didn’t think you were up for the task, and I know you are.”
The Harlem Democrat thanked Hochul for the opportunity, and vowed to work for the state’s most marginalized.
“Thank you, governor, for putting your trust in me. New York State, I will do everything I can to make sure that those who are living at the margins, those who are struggling, those who are overlooked, will have a seat at the table,” said Benjamin.