Thursday, December 31, 2009

Expulsion possible for state Sen. Hiram Monserrate in wake of conviction of assaulting girlfriend

Thursday, December 31st 2009, 4:00 AM

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate may be losing his Albany seat in the wake of his assault conviction.
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State Sen. Hiram Monserrate may be losing his Albany seat in the wake of his assault conviction.

ALBANY - A special Senate committee is likely to recommend lawmakers consider ousting state Sen. Hiram Monserrate for beating up his girlfriend, the Daily News has learned.

The committee, which has been reviewing the Senate's options regarding Monserrate since his conviction on assault charges, agrees he must be punished.

It expects to offer at least two options, one of which will be expulsion, a source with knowledge of the deliberations said.

Another recommendation will be some sort of censure, he added.

"It's very likely there will be a recommendation that some sanction be imposed and among the options presented will be expulsion," the source said.

The committee wants the Senate to consider each option, rather than "pick and choose," the source said. A final determination is expected next week.

Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson has not said if he will let lawmakers vote on a resolution calling for Monserrate's expulsion.

"We are waiting for a full, finalized report," a spokesman said.

One Senate Democrat predicted ousting Monserrate would have "overwhelming" support but that Sampson was reluctant.

Monserrate, a Queens Democrat, was convicted in October of misdemeanor assault for slashing girlfriend Karla Giraldo in the face with a broken glass last December.

The committee, headed by Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan), determined that Monserrate failed to take responsibility for his actions and suggested he was not telling the truth when he claimed the slashing was an accident.

gblain@nydailynews.com

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