Delgado sworn in as NY’s lieutenant governor
Antonio Delgado was officially sworn in as the state’s lieutenant governor Wednesday, just hours after resigning his seat from Congress, and a few weeks after Governor Kathy Hochul picked him for the post. The move paves the way to hold a special election for his seat on August 23rd, the same date as the congressional and state senate primaries.
Hochul chose Delgado on May 3rd, to replace former Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, who resigned after being indicted on federal corruption charges.
Delgado, who is of African-American and Cape Verdean descent, grew up in Schenectady. He left to attend Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, graduated from Harvard Law School, and lived in New York City for a time before running successfully for his seat in Congress in 2018.
Delgado’s wife and twin eight-year-old sons attended the ceremony, where the Tuesday school shooting in Texas that killed at least nineteen children and two teachers, was not far from anyone’s mind.
Delgado who says he “can’t imagine” the pain the parents in Texas are going through, says he’s frustrated with the lack of gun control policy in the United States as mass shootings multiply.
“Time and time again efforts to change gun policies at the national level have repeatedly failed,” Delgado said.
He says universal background checks for all firearm sales, which are supported by 80% of the public, have stalled in Congress.
“The gun lobby and gun manufacturers specifically have a stranglehold on our democracy,” Delgado said. “There are politicians out there who are bought and paid for by the NRA.”
“We know stronger guns laws can work,” he continued. “Because they have.”
The lieutenant governor, saying “our freedoms are under assault” says he will also work to preserve a woman’s right to choose abortion and will also spend his time focusing on connecting with the people of New York all across the state.
Delgado will be running in the June 28th primary for statewide offices. The Democratic-led state legislature approved a measure, at Hochul’s request, to allow anyone who is charged with a crime to remove their name from the ballot. That enabled Benjamin to withdraw from the contest.
In New York, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run together in the general election, but separately in the primary. Delgado faces Ana Maria Archila, who is running with gubernatorial candidate and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and Diana Reyna, who is running with Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi, who is also seeking the governor’s post.