Just got an email from ACT NOW with the great news!
"Last night, the New York State Senate voted 53-8 to expel embattled State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), found guilty in October of third degree assault of his girlfriend. ACT NOW commends the Senators for affirming that violence against women is unacceptable, and that our politicians in Albany are not exempt."Here's more from the Daily News:
Disgusted Democrats and Republicans joined together 53-8 to make Monserrate the fourth sitting state lawmaker ever expelled - and the first since 1861.
"Sen. Monserrate's abusive and unlawful conduct damages the integrity of the New York state Senate and demonstrates a lack of fitness to serve in this body," Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan) said after the vote.
Monserrate said he expects to be a senator for "many, many years" and promised an immediate legal challenge, maintaining it's up to the voters to judge him.
Gov. Paterson on Tuesday night immediately called a special election for March 16 to fill Monserrate's seat.
Senate Democratic leader John Sampson wanted to make Monserrate's expulsion effective June 30, giving him time to appeal his conviction.
But with Republican support, there were enough votes for an immediate ouster.read more...