State Senator, District 30New York
Brian BenjaminState Senator, District 30
Brian A. Benjamin (born December 9, 1976) is an American politician and businessman serving as the lieutenant governor of New York since September 9, 2021. Benjamin was first elected to the New York State Senate in a May 2017 special election. He represented New York's 30th State Senate district from 2017 to 2021. During his Senate tenure, Benjamin served as the senior assistant majority leader of the Senate and as chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenue. A political progressive, he focused on criminal law reform efforts such as bringing greater accountability to the NYPD, significantly limiting police no-knock warrants, ending cash bail, ending solitary confinement, not incarcerating parolees for parole violations, restoring the voting rights of parolees, allowing felons who completed their sentences to serve on juries, and passing an anti-chokehold act. Benjamin also sponsored the Rainy Day Fund law, a law that allowed New York City to set aside funds in a revenue stabilization fund. On August 26, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul appointed Benjamin to the post of lieutenant governor. He was sworn in on September 9, 2021.
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