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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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Journal News: Time to Go

From Journal News:
With Afghanistan, the health-care debate and financial-sector reform sucking up so much of the oxygen in Washington, one might think that U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand would be far too busy to concern themselves with the circumstances of one thug constituent. But there they were earlier this week calling for the resignation of fellow Democrat Hiram Monserrate, the state senator convicted of misdemeanor assault last week for manhandling his girlfriend.
Theirs was wasted breath, no doubt, but the counsel was sound: New York puts up with all manner of rogue cheats and scoundrels, but surely it can draw the line on lawmakers who batter women.
Monserrate, who represents Queens, was convicted of the misdemeanor for dragging Karla Giraldo out of his building, in a scene captured by a surveillance camera. He was acquitted of felony charges that he deliberately cut Giraldo's face with a glass, notwithstanding trial testimony that Giraldo told hospital staff that the mayhem was no accident. She did not cooperate with prosecutors.
"Domestic violence has no place in our society, and certainly has no place in the state Legislature," said Gillibrand. "We must take a hard line against violence toward women in our society."
Monserrate doesn't get it; he called the face-cutting the result of a "terrible accident." But his fellow lawmakers should make plain that they appreciate the scourge that domestic violence is; the clearest message they can send would be to dump Monserrate.

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