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|New York State Senate District 13|
|2008 - February 9, 2010|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps Reserves|
Monserrate served as 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.
Monserrate attended the City University of New York. His professional experience included working for the New York City Police Department from 1988 to 2000. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
- 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
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."
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.
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- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- NY Times, "Republican seize control of state senate," June 8, 2009
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Hiram Monserrate," accessed December 22, 2014
- 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
- 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
|New York State Senate District 13
| Succeeded by|
Jose Peralta (D)