Elmira, N.Y., May 2—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today released the following statement on legislation being approved by the Senate and Assembly, and signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, allowing for the removal of indicted Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin from the ballot:
"Albany Democrats are moving at warp speed to change the rules and allow Governor Kathy Hochul to dump her hand-picked and roundly endorsed Lieutenant Governor because he has become a political albatross to their entire party. It's a desperate fast-tracking of legislation that once again highlights the failure of one-party control of state government where the decisions are being driven, above all else, by ideology and partisan politics. The governor's handling of one of the most critical decisions any governor has to make has been exposed as a colossal failure. It has called into question her judgment and now she has turned to the Legislature's Democrat supermajorities to help her try to cover it up. It's one-party rule at its worst and it comes less than one week after the Democrats' gerrymandered maps were thrown out as unconstitutional. For Albany Democrats, it's only about winning at all costs and New Yorkers keep paying a high price for the cover-ups, corruption, and abuses of power that have come to define the highest levels of government in this state."
[Watch Senator O'Mara's comments on the legislation on the floor of the Senate late today HERE]