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|New York State Senate District 13|
|2008 - 2010|
|Expelled from office February 9, 2010|
Monserrate attended the City University of New York.
Monserrate was in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He also worked for the New York City Police Department from 1988 to 2000.
Monserrate has been a Councilman on the New York City Council. He was a candidate for the New York State Senate in 2006 but failed to be elected. He joined the New York State Senate in 2008. He has served in that position, representing the 13th District, until his expulsion on February 9, 2010.
- Cities Committee, New York State Senate
- Civil Service and Pensions Committee, New York State Senate
- Consumer Protection Committee, New York State Senate
- Energy and Telecommunications Committee, New York State Senate
- Insurance Committee, New York State Senate
- Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, New York State Senate
- Rules Committee, New York State Senate
On March 23, 2009, a grand jury indicted Monserrate with felony assault charges, saying that he had stabbed his girlfriend in December 2008 with a drinking glass.
Monserrate was cleared of the felony counts in October 2009, and convicted of misdemeanor assault. In December he was sentenced to three years probation.
Mayor Bloomberg called Monserrate's actions "disgraceful, despicable, deplorable," but did not provide an opinion on his future, saying it was "up to the Senate."
On February 9, 2010, in response to Monserrate's conviction, the New York State Senate voted to expel him by a vote of 53-8. The vote came after some five hours of closed door negotiations by Senate Democrats. It was the first time since the 1920s that a member of the Legislature was forced out of office.
Monserrate immediately stated that he planned to fight for his reinstatement in court, arguing that only his constituents could vote him out. On February 19, Judge William Pauley of the United States District Court in Manhattan stated that the power of a legislative body to expel its members is “embedded in American Democracy,” and denied Monserrate’s request to block his removal. Monserrate's lawyers are expected to appeal the decision.
2010 special election
Early on, Monserrate filed a petition to run in the special election held March 16, 2010 to fill his former seat. He turned in 5,500 signatures to get on the ballot, well over the required 3,000. Monserrate ran as an Independent on the slogan “Yes We Can." Democrats backed Assemblyman Jose Peralta, who easily won the race. Monserrate remained defiant, telling supporters that "This is not the last of Hiram Monserrate."
- Official New York State Senate website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- New York Times biography of Monserrate
- Republican seize control of state senate, June 8, 2009
- NY Daily News, "Monserrate convicted of misdemeanor," October 15, 2009
- NY Daily News, "Bloomberg: Monserrate's Actions 'Disgraceful, Despicable, Deplorable'," October 18, 2009
- Associated Press, "NY Senate votes to expel convicted lawmaker," February 9, 2010
- New York Times, "Lawmakers Expel N.Y. State Senator Over Assault," February 9, 2010
- New York Times, "Judge Declines to Reverse Monserrate’s Expulsion From the State Senate," February 19, 2010
- NBC New York, "Monserrate Files Petition in Bid to Retake Seat," February 23, 2010
- AM NY, "Booted senator nears run for old seat," February 23, 2010
- New York Daily News, "Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate loses bid to regain seat as Assemblyman Jose Peralta triumphs," March 16, 2010
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