ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has been arrested in a federal corruption investigation.

Authorities said the Democrat was arrested Tuesday on charges including bribery and falsification of records.

Benjamin, formerly a state senator from Harlem, had joined the administration of Gov. Kathy Hochul in September.

He was chosen by her to fill her former job several weeks after she stepped into the governorship.

Benjamin pleaded not guilty Tuesday at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court.

He was released and bail was set at $250,000.

Two lawyers representing Benjamin did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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Have you ever stopped and added up how much time you spend behind the wheel? What are the worst commute times for counties across New York State?

How bad do we REALLY have it in New York State when it comes to our commute times? According to The U.S. Census Bureau, the national average for a one-way commute to or from work is 26.9 minutes and 9.3% of workers nationwide have a one-way commute of 60 minutes or more. Here in New York State, the mean travel time to work in minutes for workers age 16 years+ between 2016-2020 was around 33.5 minutes.

Which counties across the state are the worst?