A January trial date was set Thursday for former New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin to face charges that he traded his clout as a state senator for campaign contributions. The Jan. 23, 2023 date was set by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan during an otherwise routine pretrial hearing. Benjamin’s lawyer, Barry Berke, told Oetken he thinks…
In court documents, a man seemed to agree to a quid pro quo agreement with Brian Benjamin, in which he made several campaign contributions to the then-state senator. In return, he won the approval for a $50,000 grant for a Harlem charity that he ran.