New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has resigned after being arraigned Tuesday in federal district court

on bribery and conspiracy charges in connection with an alleged scheme involving phony campaign donations,

when Benjamin ran for New York City comptroller.
In a statement, Gov.

Kathy Hochul said she has accepted Benjamin’s resignation “effective immediately.”

“While the legal process plays out, it is clear to both of us that he cannot continue to serve as lieutenant governor,” Hochul said.

“New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them.”

Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for New York’s Southern District, issued the five-count indictment on charges of bribery,

theft of honest services, and falsification of records in connection with a scheme to illegally receive

tens of thousands of dollars in public matching funds for Benjamin’s unsuccessful campaign for the comptroller position.

“This is a simple story of corruption,” Williams said.

Brian Benjamin resigns