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Letters to the Editor – April 15, 2022

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The problem: The resignation of Lt. gov. Brian Benjamin after being charged with federal bribery.

Our random governor’s habit of making appointments based on identity politics rather than merit has come back to coincide with the arrest and resignation of Lt. gov. Brian Benjamin (“How Hochul Missed ‘Lies'” April 14).

Governor Hochul’s ill-considered selection for Benjamin and her ineffective leadership on bail reform and crime reduction make it clear she’s not ready for prime time.

The timing of the Benjamin scandal couldn’t be worse as it will most likely appear with her on the primary ballot, a major embarrassment for someone who has been campaigning for culture change in Albany.

This sudden turn of events leaves the door wide open for sensible Democratic nominee Rep. Tom Suozzi and Republican favorite Rep. Lee Zeldin to make it a close race for governor.

Antony Scro
white stone

Benjamin’s arrest and subsequent resignation is policy, as usual in New York State. We continue to be the laughing stock of the nation.

Apparently, Hochul only had two criteria when considering a lieutenant governor: they should be a minority and they should be from Harlem.

New York, we have an idiot in the executive mansion.

Craig R Foote
Schenectady

The staff of the unelected governor of New York has admitted that “a few flags were raised” in the scrutiny of then-Senator Benjamin before he was named lieutenant governor.

But when questioned about the matter during a press conference on the subway shooting, Hochul said she made the best possible choice with the information given to her, making it appear that Benjamin was the only option.

By attempting to lure the state’s electorate to winning the next gubernatorial election — her primary goal since taking office temporarily — she may have done more harm than good, a lesson Democrats seem unable to learn.

Joe Schulok
The Bronx

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo and current Governor Hochul have one thing in common: neither was very good at picking a lieutenant governor.

Steven Murphy
Newark

Nothing illustrates the sewer of corruption that has permeated Albany better than Benjamin resigning over an alleged bribery rap.

And yet, despite this damn scandal that would ruin everyone’s political career, Benjamin’s name will still stand as a legitimate contender in the June primary.

Hochul committed to damage control by saying, “New Yorkers deserve absolute trust in their government and I will continue to work every day to deliver for them.”

Allow me to reply to our beleaguered governor: We, the people of New York, have zero faith in your agenda of defunding the police, demanding no bail for criminals, and a haven.

November’s gubernatorial election can’t come soon enough.

As the saying goes, we get the government we deserve. And if the people of New York keep voting these corrupt Democrats, it will be the end of the road for this law-abiding, working-class family.

Eugene Dunn
Medford

Add Benjamin to the list of corrupt New York officials. Another bites the dust, and it’s no shock that he’s a Democrat.

The unelected hochul should better research their subordinates before making a choice. Albany needs a good laxative to get rid of all that waste.

Vincent Conti
Staten Island

The lieutenant governor’s arrest and subsequent resignation should encourage New Yorkers to ask themselves a question: Do we even need a lieutenant governor?

Five states do not have a lieutenant governor, while Tennessee and West Virginia assign the position to the Senate president.

Do people in these states complain and want the position added to their budget? The answer is no because the job is not required.

Paul Feiner
Grunburgh

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