Barclay: Benjamin must resign now

PULASKI, NY — Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay released the following statement:

“The news regarding the arrest of Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin is very disappointing for the people of New York state. Albany has a persistent and pervasive corruption problem and today’s federal indictment is a disturbing indication that problem is still a major obstacle hampering the People’s Business. He must resign immediately.

The people of New York have seen enough of this. Multiple investigations, arrests and repeated scandals eventually drove Andrew Cuomo out of office in disgrace. Today we see that not much has changed with a new administration. While the legal process plays out, we must endeavor to move past this distraction and get back to doing the important work of our state government.”