Hushul chooses Antonio Delgado as new deputy governor

Governor Cathy Hochhol announced Tuesday that she has chosen Representative Antonio Delgado, a Hudson Valley Democrat, as the new deputy governor, the second-highest position in New York state.

Mr. Delgado is expected to serve as Ms. Hochhol’s deputy as she campaigns for a full term this year. I will replace Lt. Brian Benjaminwho was indicted on federal bribery charges last month, which led to his abrupt resignation.

A group of New York Democrats authorized to replace Mr. Benjamin officially endorsed Delgado’s selection as Ms. Hochhol’s running mate on Tuesday morning, ensuring he will be on the ballot in the party’s primary in June, according to three people familiar with the process. . Jay Jacobs, the Democratic chairman, was expected to fly the paperwork required to approve the selection to Albany later Tuesday.

Mr. Delgado, 45, who has represented New York’s 19th congressional district since 2019, has proven he can win the hotly contested election and will help Ms Hochul diversify her ticket. Known as African American and Latino, he has family roots in the West African island nation of Cape Verde.

Like Ms. Hochhol, he hails from outside New York City, where many Democratic primary voters reside, and has campaigned as a moderate politician.

“After winning the competitive congressional primary and general elections, Representative Antonio Delgado is a battle-tested activist with the experience to serve New Yorkers and a work ethic to get our party’s message to voters, unite communities, and elevate Democratic candidates statewide,” Ms. Hoshol said in a statement.

The announcement came a day after state lawmakers passed legislation on Monday at the request of Ms. Hoochul Allow Mr. Benjamin to be removed from the state’s Democratic primary ballot He was replaced by another candidate ahead of the governor’s primaries scheduled for June 28.

Mr. Delgado would have to relinquish his seat in Congress to serve the remainder of Mr. Benjamin’s term as Deputy Governor, a largely ceremonial role entrusted with a few statutory duties. The Deputy Governor also acts as the Governor upon the death, resignation, removal, absence, or disability of the Ruler.

Mr. Delgado was likely to face a tough battle for re-election this fall. Democrats tried to add friendly voters to his district when they approved a new map for Congress earlier this year, but the state’s highest court Hit the lines of the newly drawn area last week. The lines drawn by the court are likely to make the seat more competitive.