New York State Senator Brian Benjamin - Inauguration 2019

Kristen Blush was proud to join New York State Senator Brian Benjamin at his inauguration at Harlem Hospital in February of 2019. As the Senator’s official photographer for the evening, Blush captured key moments of the event such as the swearing in ceremony, speakers, and candid and posed photos of guests and VIP’s, while delivering edited images immediately following the event.

Senator Brian Benjamin is swore into office by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, and his mother.

Senator Brian Benjamin’s mother is joined by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulates Senator Brian Benjamin.

The presentation of colors.

Senator Brian Benjamin reacts to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech.

Senator Brian Benjamin reacts to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins looks on prior to her speech.

Former Congressman Charles B. Rangle and Former Mayor of New York David D. Dinkins arrive and take their seats at the venue.

“Thank You” from New York State Senator Brian A. Benjamin.

Senator Brian Benjamin delivers a speech and thanks his colleagues and supporters.

New York Attorney General Letitia James places her hand on her heart during the presentation of colors ceremony.

Assemblywoman Inez Dickens is welcomed onto the stage.