benjaminBrian Benjamin, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat vacated last month by Bill Perkins, pledged in a statement released Monday to join the mainline Democratic conference.

Not lost on Senate Democrats: Benjamin’s likely election would give the chamber 32 enrolled Democrats when taking into account the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference and Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who is a member of the Republican conference in the Senate.

“I look forward to joining the Senate Democratic Conference and fighting for the working men and women of New York,” Benjamin said in the statement.

“Once I am elected there will be 32 Democrats in the Senate, giving our party a majority of seats in the chamber. The stakes are too high for any Democrat to empower Trump Republicans. All Democrats in the Senate should work together to give New York a progressive government that will act as a bulwark against the dangerous Trump agenda. I am joining the Senate Democratic Conference because I want to fight for the best schools, housing that is truly affordable, good-paying jobs and safe and clean streets. That is why I am running to be our next State Senator.”

His joining the mainline conference comes after the IDC has gained three new members in recent months: Sens. Marisol Alcantara, Jose Peralta and Jesse Hamilton.

Benjamin is running in a heavily Democratic Manhattan Senate in a special election scheduled for May 23 and was nominated to be the party’s designated candidate earlier this month.

He recently met with both Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the conference’s deputy leader, Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris.

A Senate Democratic spokesman said they talked about the budget process and the “importance of Democrats not empowering the GOP.”