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New York state Sen. Brian Benjamin. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul named state Sen. Brian Benjamin, a fellow Democrat, to succeed her as lieutenant governor Thursday.

Why it matters: Hochul, who hails from western New York and is running for governor in 2022, sought a running mate from the city, per the New York Times. Benjamin represents Harlem, Morningside Heights, Washington Heights and the Upper West Side.

What she's saying: "New York City needs our help, and this individual is someone who’s been through the trenches, starting locally on his community board, working his way up to elected office, and someone I’ve become a dear friend of in the Senate," Hochul said at a news conference.

  • "He has been a champion of criminal justice reform, affordable housing and tenant protections — three huge priorities of mine, as well — and he’s built a track record of great accomplishments already."

His background: Before serving as lieutenant governor, he most recently served as senior assistant majority leader in the New York State Senate.

  • While in the Senate, he "sponsored bills to get banks to divest from private for-profit prisons and create a so-called 'rainy day fund' that New York City could tap into during fiscal emergencies," according to the New York Times.
  • Prior to taking office, he graduated from Brown and Harvard University and worked for Morgan Stanley and Genesis Companies, a real estate firm for affordable housing.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced an expanded COVID-19 vaccine mandate that covers all of the city's public employees, including police officers and firefighters.

Why it matters: Around 71% of city workers have already satisfied the mandate by receiving at least one dose. The remaining 46,000 unvaccinated employees will have to receive their first dose by Oct. 29 or will risk being placed on unpaid leave until they can show proof of a first dose, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.