New York Governor Kathy Hochul has chosen Brian A. Benjamin, a New York City-based state senator, as her lieutenant governor, two sources familiar with the decision tell CBS News. A formal announcement is expected on Thursday, said the sources, both of whom were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Hochul took office on Tuesday after the resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo and has the constitutional authority to appoint her lieutenant. She is the first woman to serve as governor of the Empire State and the first person from the western part of the state to hold the job in more than 100 years. During her two-week transition, Hochul said she would appoint someone from the nation's largest city to be her lieutenant to provide geographic balance. Benjamin is African American, providing racial balance to the team as well. Benjamin, 44, chairs the New York Senate's revenue and budget committee and is an assistant majority leader in the upper chamber. He represents parts of Harlem and the Upper . . . read the full article here.