Hochul appoints Rep. Delgado as next lieutenant governor

Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced her new lieutenant governor to New Yorkers Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

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Rep. Antonio Delgado grew up in Schenectady. His name is familiar to folks here in the Capital Region, and he will soon become second in command of New York state government.

Hochul stated that as her vetting team went down the list of candidates, Delgado’s name kept rising to the top.

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He was a basketball star at Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady. He was a standout player at Colgate University. He was a Rhodes Scholar who studied at Queens College in Oxford, and he’s a Harvard Law School graduate.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Gov. Hochul introduces Rep. Delgado as new lieutenant governor

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Hochul pointed out he’s the right person for the job because he could have done anything with his life, and he chose public service.

So Delgado, the first African-American elected to Congress from Upstate New York, will become the next lieutenant governor.
He replaces Brian Benjamin, who resigned last month after being indicted on federal bribery charges.

Hochul said Tuesday there was a deep dive into Delgado’s background, and she is certain she got this one right.

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She says she expects there’ll be a special election to fill Delgado’s 119th Congressional District seat within 70 to 80 days.

Hear Delgado discuss some of the goals for his new role by watching the video of Dan Levy’s story.