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Governor Kathy Hochul promotes the “culture of corruption”: Tom Suozzi

Rep. Tom Suozzi said Gov. Kathy Hochul was untrustworthy and inexperienced, and accused the governor of promoting a “culture of corruption” while praising her disgraced predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.

Suozzi, one of Hochul’s opponents in the Democratic primary, criticized her for running ex-Lt. Gov. Brain had picked Benjamin as their #2 despite finding several red flags during his review process.

“She picked a lieutenant governor that she knew and everyone knew had ethical issues, and she continued to defend him until he was arrested right under her nose,” he said during a Zoom news conference on Tuesday.

“She doesn’t have the ethical standing to appoint a new lieutenant governor, and she just can’t be trusted,” the Long Island Democrat continued.

Benjamin resigned last week after being charged by federal prosecutors over his involvement in an alleged bribery scheme involving illegal donations of more than $50,000 to his failed City Controller campaign committee.

The former police officer also obtained permission from the federal judge overseeing the case to travel to New Jersey at the request of Benjamin’s attorney, who stated, “He has family there.”

The decision comes as Hochul and other leaders of the state’s Democratic Party seek to remove Benjamin from the vote amid limited opinions – one of which is that he should move out of the state.

032222 NY candidate Tom Suozzi is joined by community leaders and supporters outside the NYC offices of current NY Gov. Kathy Hochul to discuss her current position on the city's ever increasing crime and bail bond reform.  633 3rd Avenue, New York.
New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Tom Suozzi said Governor Kathy Hochul knew Brain Benjamin had ethical issues when she selected him as her running mate.
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Suozzi also targeted Hochul’s negotiating style during the recently passed multi-billion-dollar state budget, as well as her fundraising practices.

“She created a culture of corruption through secret meetings, pay-to-play, state plane abuse and insider trading that resulted in a billion-dollar tax gift to the Buffalo Bills. So she doesn’t have the ethical standing to appoint a new lieutenant governor — and she just can’t be trusted,” he said.

Suozzi has since adapted to the positions of the disgraced ex-government – and even praised it. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in August under threat of impeachment by lawmakers after a bombshell report was released that concluded he had sexually molested several women.

Brian Benjamin, former Lieutenant Governor of New York, exits the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse on April 18, 2022 in New York.  (
Benjamin was charged by federal prosecutors for his involvement in an alleged bribery scheme involving illegal donations of more than $50,000 to his failed city-control campaign committee.
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The former governor and his top aides are also the subject of two separate federal and state investigations — one over alleged withholding of the true number of COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes and the other over alleged misuse of state resources to get his 5, $1 million to write pandemic-era memoir.

“[Andrew Cuomo] delivers a sharp critique of our state, and I agree with him. Some may ignore the messenger, but the message is spot on,” he said tweeted Monday, praising the ex-government’s positions on crime and taxes, set out in a recent opinion piece by Cuomo.

But Suozzi defended his comments, noting that he hadn’t spoken to the former governor “for a long time.”

“I speak about the things that Andrew Cuomo speaks about that are wrong in New York State,” he said.

“He talks about taxes being too high. There is a problem with crime that people are leaving New York State.”

Suozzi also downplayed an ethics investigation he is currently facing from the House Ethics Committee. A complaint was filed with the US Office of Congressional Ethics last August alleging that the Democrat failed to report regular stock transactions as required by the Stock Act and House Rules.

“We corrected this immediately and filed all forms as well as the periodic transaction reports and will continue to file periodic transaction reports whenever there is a stock transaction,” Suozzi said Tuesday.

Suozzi also defended himself when asked why he thought Florida’s controversial new Parental Rights in Education law last week, which bans discussions about sex and gender in grades K-3, was “appropriate.”

NY State Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams perform at the grand opening of the renovated Pier 57 on East 16th Street in Manhattan, NY on April 18, 2022.
Suozzi also accused Hochul of creating a “culture of corruption involving secret meetings, pay-to-play, state plane abuse, and insider trading that resulted in a billion-dollar tax gift to the Buffalo Bills.”
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“I reject Governor DeSantis, I reject the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. Period,” said Suozzi. “I’m against it. I fully support LGBT families.”

“I was clumsy in the way I discussed it on the radio show. And the law is just wrong. Florida law and most state laws don’t allow sex education until fifth grade anyway. And what the law will do is stop people from talking about, you know, kids being teased at school because they have two mothers or two fathers,” he said.

“Common sense says this should be discussed to help the kids process it. This law would prohibit that.”

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