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
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Albany Times Union Newspaper
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The Chief, Civil Employee's Weekly News
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Buffalo News: Oust Monserrate

Domestic violence conviction should end role as state senator

It's time for Hiram Monserrate to take his leave.

Convicted of a misdemeanor for a vicious assault on his girlfriend, the Bronx Democrat now either needs to resign from his seat in the State Senate or be expelled by the chamber itself.

Had he been convicted of the felony he was charged with, expulsion would have been automatic. Regardless, he was convicted of a misdemeanor and the injuries are the same. "In my view, the state has clearly proven he did, indeed, cause injury to Karla Giraldo without a reasonable doubt," said Supreme Court Justice William M. Erlbaum, who tried the case without a jury. "She's injured and bruised, black and blue marks. There's skin tearing. There's already injuries and a lot of blood."

Monserrate, a former police officer and New York City councilman, claims the injuries were caused accidentally, when he tripped while bringing her a glass of water in a dark bedroom. If a suspect gave him a story like that when he was a cop, we doubt Monserrate would hesitate in applying the cuffs.

At this point, Giraldo supports Monserrate's version of events, but testimony in the trial was that she initially told doctors and a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center that Monserrate had attacked her during a fight. She later denied making those statements.

Now the question moves to the Senate, which must decide if any minimum standards of conduct apply to its members. What should be expected of a New York State senator?

Is it all right for one to attack his girlfriend, as the judge concluded Monserrate did, and remain a member in good standing of one of the highest levels of state government?

What do New Yorkers, themselves, have a right to expect of those in state leadership positions?

At least one senator says Monserrate should go. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, on Friday called for Monserrate to step down. So has the National Organization for Women. Someone — either Monserrate or the Senate leadership — needs to have the decency and good political sense to see that that happens.

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