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Booted senator nears run for old seat

Hiram Monserrate is one step closer to making a comeback.

The disgraced Queens pol, who was expelled from the state Senate earlier this month over a domestic violence conviction, has filed nominating petitions to run in a special election next month for the seat he was kicked out of.

“Voters in this district know who best represents them independently from party bosses, political hacks, and Albany insiders,” Monserrate said in a statement Tuesday.

Denied the Democratic line, which will go to Assemb. Jose Peralta, of Jackson Heights, Monserrate plans to run on the slogan “Yes We Can” in the March 16 election. He turned in 5,500 signatures late Tuesday night — almost twice the required 3,000 — but his candidacy has not yet been certified by the city Board of Elections.

Peralta, who has racked up endorsements from local elected officials, vowed to “restore integrity and honesty” to the seat.

Senate sources say that if Monserrate is elected there will not be a push to censure or expel him again.

The Queens Republican Party is expected to pick its candidate Wednesday or Thursday. Helen Sears, a former Democratic City Councilwoman earlier this week declined the GOP’s invitation to run on its line.

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