Antonio Delgado sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of New York

Rep. Antonio Delgado will be sworn in as New York’s lieutenant governor on Wednesday, triggering a special election for his congressional seat in an already politically chaotic election year.

Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck, was chosen to be second in command to Governor Kathy Hochul earlier this month, following the abrupt resignation of its former lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin. Benjamin was arrested in April on corruption charges related to a past campaign.

Delgado, 45, will join Hochul in the June 28 primary, where he will face two challengers. Diana Reyna and Ana María Archila are running for the seat in relation to Representative Tom Suozzi and New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, respectively, who are both running against Hochul for governor.

Upon assuming his new role, Delgado will leave his current headquarters in New York’s 19th congressional district, which now stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes, thanks to the new redistricting maps which reshuffled a number of congressional seats across the state.

Democrat Antonio Delgado speaks at a Democratic watch party in Kingston, NY on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after defeating incumbent Republican John Faso in the race for the 19th congressional district.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Delgado would be her pick for her next lieutenant governor on May 3, 2022, and he will be sworn in on May 25, 2022.

Once that happens, the state will hold a special election for the seat within 70 to 80 days, Hochul said earlier this month.

She announced on Monday that the special election will be held on Aug. 23, to coincide with the Congressional and Senate primaries, which have been delayed by the state’s reshuffling of redistricting maps.

Learn more about the NY redistricting:Court releases NY redistricting maps after public review. What there is to know

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“It has been an honor to serve in Congress, deliver results and fight for voters in the 19th District,” Delgado said in a statement Monday. “Now I’m ready to put my years of experience and my ability to connect people to work for all of New York State.

Two candidates have indicated their participation in the special election to serve the remainder of Delgado’s term – Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican who ran for governor against Andrew Cuomo in 2018, and the Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, a Democrat who lost the primary for the 19th district seat in Delgado the same year.

Delgado has family roots in the West African nation of Cape Verde and identifies as Afro-Latino.

Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at Mount Vernon City Hall on April 15, 2022.

He won his first congressional victory in 2018 in a hotly contested race against incumbent Republican John Faso in the 19th District, which then included a large swath of central New York and the Hudson Valley.

Since then, Delgado has been a reliable and moderate Democratic candidate with a particular knack for fundraising and winning races, as he did again in the 19th arrondissement in 2020.

On Monday, Hochul touted Delgado’s focus on small business, clean energy and infrastructure investment as an indication that he will meet the needs of New Yorkers in power.

“Antonio Delgado is a phenomenal leader and public servant with a record of getting things done for New Yorkers, and he will serve as a trusted partner as New York’s lieutenant governor,” Hochul said in a statement.

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