USA Updates Latino leaders urge Hochul to appoint a Hispanic as lieutenant government to replace Benjamin.
Top Latino activists are urging government Cathy Hochul to hire a Hispanic man to replace former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, who stepped down this week following federal bribery allegations.
Luis Miranda — president of the Latino Victory Fund and father of “Hamilton” playwright Lin Manuel Miranda — is leading the charge.
“The Latino Victory Fund urges Gov. Hochul to make history again by electing a Latino/A as its lieutenant governor’s running mate. In a state where one in five neighbors is Latino/A, it is imperative that the state’s Let the government reflect the communities it serves, and we raise one from a deep bench of Latinos/administrators and officials who are qualified, and ready to serve in the highest office of state,” Miranda said. said.
“The Latino community is a powerhouse demographic that contributes tremendously to the economic, cultural, and political landscape of New York State. It is long overdue that New York and our governors take this initiative to expand diversity and inclusion at this point in our state’s history. Take advantage of the opportunity,” he said.
There is not a single Hispanic election of office city-wide or statewide.
Benjamin resigned as lieutenant governor hours after Manhattan US Attorney Damien Williams’ office was accused of bribery.
Hochul can immediately appoint a temporary replacement for the lieutenant governor until the end of the year.
There is an example. Then – take Governor David Patterson suddenly became governor after Eliot Spitzer resigned after being exposed in a prostitution scandal, with Patterson appointing former MTA boss Richard Ravich as Lieutenant Gov.
Although he resigned, Benjamin is still named in the Democratic primary ballot as a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Miranda told The Post that City Department of Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vazquez and Northern Manhattan councilwoman Carmen de la Rosa would be good choices.
Absentee, Miranda said that two other Latinas already running for lieutenant governor, Diana Reyna, Tom Suozzi’s running mate and Ana Maria Archila, Jumane Williams’ running mate, would. fit the bill “To expand diversity in the state,” when elected.
Miranda tweeted, “If @GovKathyHochul doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity to select a Latina/o as lieutenant government mate, we already have two other options to expand diversity in the state.
Former council president Melissa Mark Viverito agreed that Democrats should support one of two Latinos for the LG in the Democratic primary if Hochul does not come up with a Hispanic candidate of his own.
“2 Latinas, @Reyna4NY @anamariaForNY, are now the only(d) running for LG in the primary. Looks like we may finally see the representation/visibility that is overdue and we deserve (Nov assuming the Democrats’ victory) Mark Viverito said,
Both Miranda and Mark Vivarito denounced the state Democratic Party leadership convention in February over the lack of Hispanics invited to speak at their nominating convention.