ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The State Senate has voted to expel Hiram Monserrate.
The Queens Democrat was convicted of a misdemeanor after he wascaught on camera pulling his girlfriend out of an apartmentbuilding during a domestic fight.
Democratic Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson released this statement:
“There is no question those of us fortunate enough to holda position of public trust must be held to a higher standardbefitting the privilege of representing the people of New York.Today, the Senate acted to protect the best interests of the peoplewe serve and preserve the dignity of our body.
“The decision to expel a member was not an easy choice,but I encouraged my colleagues in the State Senate on a bipartisanbasis to vote their conscience on the recommendations of the SelectCommittee.
“While the Select Committee went to extraordinary lengthsto conduct a full, fair, and thorough review of all relevant facts,evidence, rules, and procedures, I still believe the Senate shouldnot have acted to expel Senator Monserrate while the appeal of hisconviction is pending in the Appellate Division of the New YorkState Supreme Court. I would have supported expulsion if hisconviction was upheld.
“New York faces many challenges in the months ahead. Wewill meet those challenges head on, deliver the change New Yorkersdemand, and give our state the results it deserves.”
Governor David Paterson has announced he will call for a special election to fill the vacant seat:
Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he will call aspecial election for Tuesday, March 16, to fill a vacancy in the13th Senate District.
"This Special Election will ensure that all New Yorkers arerepresented in the New York State Senate," Governor Paterson said."I urge all eligible voters to go to the polls on March 16 toselect their next State Senator."
Governor Paterson will issue the Special Election Proclamationon February 10, pursuant to Section 42 of the Public Officers Law.The proclamation orders that an election for a Member of the Senatebe held in the 13th Senate District in Queens County and shall beconducted in the manner prescribed by law for elections in New YorkState.
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