Leaders Demanding Resignation or Removal

State Senator Liz Krueger
State Senator David Valesky
State Senator Neil Breslin
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
State Senator Daniel Aubertine
State Senator Brian X. Foley
State Senator Martin Golden
State Senator Frank Padavan
State Senator Catharine Young
State Senator Betty Little
State Senator Jeff Klein
State Senator Bill Perkins
State Senator Thomas Duane
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
State Senator Jim Seward
State Senator Craig Johnson
State Senator Tom Libous
State Senator Daniel Squardon
State Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington
State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
State Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte
State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat
State Assemblywoman Vivian Cook
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
US Senator Charles Schumer
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
City Comptroller Bill Thompson
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum
Congressman Joseph Crowley
Congressman Eric Massa
Congressman John Hall
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
NYS Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs
City Council Member Eric Gioia
City Council Member Bill deBlasio
City Council Member Annabel Palma
City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
City Council Member John Liu
Dan Halloran, City Council candidate
District Leader Marc Landis
District Leader John Smyth
District Leader Keith Lilly
District Leader Cordell Cleare
Democratic Party of Queens County
National Organization for Women, New York State
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
The New Agenda
Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
New York State Young Democrats
National Women's Political Caucus, NY State
New York Post
New York Daily News
Albany Times Union Newspaper
Watertown Daily Times Newspaper
The Chief, Civil Employee's Weekly News
The Buffalo News
Queens Courier
New York Times
Journal News of Lower Hudson Valley
Queens Chronicle
Oneonta Daily Star
Troy Record
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Albany TimesUnion: Time to Go

With an assault conviction now added to his resume, Hiram Monserrate should leave the state Senate.

No, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate isn’t required by law to relinquish his seat after being found guilty of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend. Mandatory expulsion would have come only from conviction on the felony assault charge lodged against him in an incident last December in which the woman’s face was slashed.

It’s instead a matter of common sense and decency that Mr. Monserrate should be forced to resign.

Nothing less than whatever dignity is left in an institution that ground to a halt last summer is at stake. For Mr. Monserrate, a Queens Democrat, to stay in the Senate, on the grounds that he’s merely guilty of misdemeanor third-degree assault for dragging his girlfriend through his apartment lobby while she was bleeding from a cut around her eye and to her skull, would be an assault on the sensibilities of the people of New York in the first degree.

If Thursday’s acquittal of the second-degree assault felony of intentionally slicing her open during a bitter fight is enough to keep Mr. Monserrate in the Senate, then that’s an institution lacking any standards and any decency whatsoever.

“We respect the decision rendered by the justice system,” says Senate Democratic leader John Sampson.

So do we. Such respect for the law, and the people it’s intended to protect, requires demanding so much more of the people entrusted to make law, as other senators have noted. Mr. Monserrate has to go.

The admittedly lesser charge he’s guilty of is a very serious one all the while. Mr. Monserrate still could be sentenced to a year in jail.

What would he be inclined to do then?

Stay in the Senate, only to pretend that another partisan stalemate has kept it from actually convening?

Would he collect his $79,500 salary yet forgo his per diem expenses?

The questions mount already, from the alarming to the surreal. The state Senate is about to confront its biggest scandal yet, unless Mr. Monserrate leaves very quickly.

“The Senate will continue to move forward and fulfill its duty,” Mr. Sampson promises.

Not with a criminal in its ranks it won’t.

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