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LI's Foley: Let's boot Monserrate from NY Senate

A special Senate committee is meeting to determine

A special Senate committee is meeting to determine whether Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend, should remain in office. (Jan. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

As expected, a state Senate select committee determined that member Hiram Monserrate demonstrated “a lack of fitness to serve in this body” and that the full Senate should be convened to consider an expulsion vote against him.

In response, State Sen. Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) said he would introduce a resolution calling for Monserrate’s expulsion from the Senate. Foley has repeatedly urged the Queen senator to resign.

“While we would all prefer that Senator Monserrate resign from the Senate, his refusal to do so has left us no choice but to forcefully expel him,” said Foley, who is a board member of the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Domestic violence has no place in our society. It certainly has no place in the New York State Senate.”

Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) also denounced Monserrate, saying he could “begin to properly express remorse for his actions by resigning.” Johnson said he would vote for expulsion.

UPDATE:

Paterson speaking after the 13th Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's Wall Street Project Economic Summit:
 
“I thought I would wait until the Senate has completed its process and not try to interfere with it until they come to a conclusion. I don’t know why they couldn’t make a decision between expulsion or sanction. I think they would both be good. But certainly I would think the Senate is on solid ground whichever direction they take from here on in.”
 

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