ALBANY, NY – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado will be sworn in as New York’s next lieutenant governor on Wednesday.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Monday she will issue a proclamation for a special election to fill her fellow Democrat’s seat in upstate New York, once he resigns.
The special election would line up with the August 23 primary for congressional and state Senate seats.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has been fulfilling the duties of lieutenant governor since the April 12 resignation of Brian Benjamin, who has proclaimed his innocence following his arrest in a federal corruption investigation.
Delgado, a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard Law School graduate, was first elected in 2018 as the first upstate New Yorker of color to Congress on campaign promises of universal access to Medicare and eliminating tax loopholes for the rich.
Hochul and Delgado have both faced criticism for leaving open a congressional seat at a time when Democrats are fighting to maintain their U.S. House majority and after state courts stuck down new political maps that Democrats had drawn to cement comfortable majorities for years to come.